antidisestablishmentarianism


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antidisestablishmentarianism

the principles of those who oppose the with-drawal of the recognition or support of the state from an established church, usually used in referring to the Anglican church in the 19th century in England.
See also: Religion
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Alas, antidisestablishmentarianism has itself been disestablished from Merriam-Webster dictionaries in recent times (unlike, for some reason, its rival term disestablishmentarianism).
When I was at school the word antidisestablishmentarianism was repeatedly cited as the longest word in the English language.
Back on TV, Michael Rodd quizzed kids about films on Screen Test and Robert Robinson sneeringly asked posh families about square roots and how to spell antidisestablishmentarianism.
The songs, on the other hand - Rocket Man, That's Why They Call It The Blues, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (it's not, antidisestablishmentarianism is), Crocodile Rock, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - are all stone-cold classics.
The longest word in the English language, antidisestablishmentarianism describes a movement in England in the 1800s opposed to the separation of church and state.
I recall a master at school asserting that the longest word in the English language was the 28-letter antidisestablishmentarianism, meaning opposition to those wanting to end the Church of England's status as the nation's state church.
12-year-old Evan Horvath, whose favorite word is antidisestablishmentarianism, spends an average of 20 hours reading every week.
Or, "This is not my idea of antidisestablishmentarianism.
Rubenfeld, Antidisestablishmentarianism, supra note 95, at 2350.
Prizes if you could do antidisestablishmentarianism without drawing breath.
Should I have occasion to telephone The Journal ("Give us another chance, Boss ( I promise to spell antidisestablishmentarianism right the next time") a nice lady answers and most efficiently puts me through to nice Mr Patterson, or, to be more correct, his voice mail.
I'm sure you will also be grateful that it's the longest I'll be using, unless I happen to mention antidisestablishmentarianism.