The definition of church is a religious institution of worship, or is the building where religious worship takes place.(noun)
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Origin: ME chirche, kirke < OE cirice (& ON kirkja < OE) < Gmc *kirika < LGr(Ec) *kyrikē < Gr kyriakē (oikia), Lord's (house) < kyriakos, belonging to the Lord < kyrios, ruler < kyros, supreme power < IE base *eu-, a swelling, to be strong, hero > cave
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Origin: Middle English chirche
Origin: , from Old English cirice
Origin: , ultimately from Medieval Greek kūrikon
Origin: , from Late Greek kūriakon (dōma), the Lord's (house)
Origin: , neuter of Greek kūriakos, of the lord
Origin: , from kūrios, lord; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.
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the belief that the church as an organization is independent of and equal to the state, with its highest authority lying in its collective membership.
the rank or office of a deacon.
Eastern Church. sacristan.
an excessive adherence to the doctrines and practices of the church. —ecclesiastic, n., adj. —ecclesiastical, adj.
Rare. an opposition to the church.
a descriptive study of the church. —ecclesiographer, n. —ecclesiographic, ecclesiographical, adj.
an intense devotion to church forms, authority, and traditions.
1. the study of church building and decoration.
2. Theology. the doctrine of the church.
3. the policy and operations of the church. —ecclesiologist, n. —ecclesiologic, ecclesiological, adj.
an abnormal fear or dislike of the church.
a dissertation on church festivals.
a mania for priests.
a list of the lections, or texts, to be read in church services through-out the canonical year.
formerly, a ninth part of a parishioner’s movable property, which was claimed upon his death by the clergy in England. See also law.
a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing.
an official or cleric appointed curator of the vestments, sacred vessels, and relies of a religious body, church, or cathedral.
the sin or offense of selling or granting for personal advantage church appointments, benefices, preferments, etc. —simoniac, simonist, n.
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