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1. A formal agreement; a compact.
2. An agreement between the pope and a sovereign government concerning the legal status of the Roman Catholic Church within that government's territory.

[French, from Medieval Latin concordātum, from neuter past participle of Latin concordāre, to agree; see concordant.]
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a pact or treaty, esp one between the Vatican and another state concerning the interests of religion in that state
[C17: via French, from Medieval Latin concordātum, from Latin: something agreed, from concordāre to be of one mind; see concord]
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(kɒnˈkɔr dæt)

1. an agreement or compact, esp. an official one.
2. an agreement between the pope and a secular government regarding the regulation of church matters.
[1610–20; < French; < Medieval Latin concordātum, Latin: neuter of concordātus, past participle of concordāre to be in agreement. See concord]
con•cor′da•to`ry (-dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
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Noun1.concordat - a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
written agreement - a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
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[kɒnˈkɔːdæt] Nconcordato m
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nKonkordat nt
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References in classic literature ?
During the Revolution, the Concordat occasioned an unimportant schism, a little segregation of ultra-catholics who refused to recognize the Bishops appointed by the authorities with the consent of the Pope.
At the same time, with Gasparri, he saw the value of concluding concordats with secular states, especially Mussolini's Italy, where it became possible to resolve the continuing Roman Question.
His topics include the pursuit of a diplomatic career, concordats and the confrontations with the Fascist regimes, whether Pius was an apostle of peace or advocate of appeasement, Pius XII confronts the Cold War and the modern world, and the controversy continues.
Abstract: The article provides a brief overview of the history of concordats, and explores the teaching of Vatican Council II regarding Church-State relations.
The 19th century is the era of concordats. (2) Latin American concordats are particularly important as they implied the very recognition of these states.
In American legal journals, it is rare to encounter articles on concordats between the Church and the state.
Insituations such as these, written, agreed concordats provide an essential basis on which to make decisions."
Cardinal Pacelli and Pope Pins XI relied too heavily on concordats, says Dr.
In line with the Concordats signed with the Catholic Church and in an effort to define their rights and privileges within a legal framework, agreements have been signed with the following religious communities: the Serbian Orthodox Church and Islamic Community (December 2002); the Evangelical Church, Reformed Christian Church, Pentecostal Church, Union of Pentecostal Churches of Christ, Christian Adventist Church, Union of Baptist Churches, Church of God, Church of Christ, and the Reformed Movement of Seventh-Day Adventists (July 2003); and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Macedonian Orthodox Church, and Croatian Old Catholic Church (October 2003).
As papal nuncio in the 1920s in Germany, he drew up concordats with Bavaria and Prussia that further reduced the power of their bishops.
Controversial Concordats: The Vatican's Relations with Napoleon, Mussolini, and Hitler.