Broad Church


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Broad Church

n
1. (Anglicanism) a party within the Church of England which favours a broad and liberal interpretation of Anglican formularies and rubrics and objects to positive definition in theology. Compare High Church, Low Church
2. (Anglicanism) (usually not capitals) a group or movement which embraces a wide and varied number of views, approaches, and opinions
adj
(Anglicanism) of or relating to this party in the Church of England
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Broad′ Church′


adj.
pertaining or belonging to a party in the Anglican Church emphasizing a liberal interpretation of ritual.
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