Church

Definition of Church

Pronunciation: chûrch
n.1.
1.A building set apart for Christian worship.
2.A Jewish or heathen temple.
3.A formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together.
4.A body of Christian believers, holding the same creed, observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman Catholic church; the Presbyterian church.
5.The collective body of Christians.
6.Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm.
7.The aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil.
Remember that both church and state are properly the rulers of the people, only because they are their benefactors.
- Bulwer.
Apostolic church
See under Apostolic.
Broad church
See Broad Church.
Catholic church
the whole body of believers in Christ throughout the world.
Church of England
the Episcopal church established and endowed in England by law.
Church living
a benefice in an established church.
Church militant
See under Militant.
Church owl
(Zool.) the white owl. See Barn owl.
Church rate
a tax levied on parishioners for the maintenance of the church and its services.
Church session
See under Session.
Church triumphant
See under Triumphant.
Church work
work on, or in behalf of, a church; the work of a particular church for the spread of religion.
Established church
the church maintained by the civil authority; a state church.
v. t.1.To bless according to a prescribed form, or to unite with in publicly returning thanks in church, as after deliverance from the dangers of childbirth; as, the churching of women.
[imp. & p. p. Churched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Churching.]

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