established church

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es·tab·lished church

A church that a government officially recognizes and supports as a national institution.
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Established Church

(Ecclesiastical Terms) a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp the Church of England
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estab′lished church′

a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation.
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Noun1.established church - the church that is recognized as the official church of a nation
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
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Established Church

nStaatskirche f
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References in classic literature ?
He had been at Oxford during the movement which ended in the secession from the Established Church of Edward Manning, and he felt a certain sympathy for the Church of Rome.
I cannot hold with other writers on these subjects that the prevalence of various forms of dissent in America, is in any way attributable to the non-existence there of an established church: indeed, I think the temper of the people, if it admitted of such an Institution being founded amongst them, would lead them to desert it, as a matter of course, merely because it WAS established.
What warning did I give that fellow, the first time he set foot in the house, when the express object of his visit was to know how he could knock Religion over, and floor the Established Church? Mrs.
THE incomprehensible submission of Scotchmen to the ecclesiastical tyranny of their Established Church has produced--not unnaturally, as I think--a very mistaken impression of the national character in the popular mind.
And it is again felony (by yet another law) for a Presbyterian minister and a Non-conformist minister to celebrate a marriage which may be lawfully celebrated by a clergyman of the Established Church. An odd state of things.
Neither its society, state, government or even its established church was able to insist upon a rigidly defined concept of orthodoxy.
"I doubt that most people know we have an established church, and I doubt that most believe one religion or denomination should be associated with the state.
These chapels sprang up in rural communities after their congregations broke away from the established church. Many kept their own registers.
The English settlers were, in part, fleeing religious persecution from the established church, which sang "my way or the highway" and made those who resisted pay the price.
Scotland "did not have an English Established Church upon which to concentrate its grievances," which enabled it to have a more conservative role.
The whole point of an Established Church is that it is there, too, for those who are not its members.
"The Established Church is like a post office," says the bishop of Sweden.