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Definitions of church

  1. one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship; " the Catholic church is debating the issue of women priests"
  2. bring someone to church for a special rite, as of a woman after childbirth
  3. a service conducted in a church; " don't be late for church"
  4. a place for public ( especially Christian) worship; " the church was empty"
  5. the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church; " our church is hosting a picnic next week"
  6. one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship
  7. perform a special church rite or service for; " church a woman after childbirth"
  8. A building set apart for Christian worship.
  9. A Jewish or heathen temple.
  10. A formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together.
  11. 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.
  12. The collective body of Christians.
  13. Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm.
  14. The aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil.
  15. 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.
  16. A building set apart for divine worship; the entire body of Christians; a particular body of Christians; clergymen collectively.
  17. A Christian place of worship; body of Christians; the clergy.
  18. A building for Christian worship.
  19. A distinct body of Christians; also, all Christian believers collectively.
  20. The clergy.
  21. Churchly.
  22. Ecclesiastical. The Church Catholic, the collective body of Christians in their unity from the commencement. The Church Militant, the body of Christians regarded as warring against spiritual evil of all kinds. Church Invisible, the collective body of Christians in heaven and on earth.
  23. A place or building consecrated to the worship of God; the worshippers of Jehovah, as a body; a building consecrated to Christian worship and ordinances; the collective body of Christians; a particular body of Christians; the followers of Christ in a particular city or province; the elergy, in distinction from the laity; the communicants of a congregation; divine service; ecclesiastical authority.
  24. To assist, as a priest, any one in the office of returning thanks in the church, after any signal deliverance, particularly a woman after childbirth, the priest being said to church, and the woman to be churched; in Scotland, to escort to church, as a bride after her marriage.
  25. An edifice or a building consecrated or set apart for the worship of God; the collective body of Christians throughout the world; a certain number of Christians holding the same dogmas.
  26. To perform the office of returning thanks in church for women after childbirth.
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Antonyms for church

laity.

Quotes of church

  1. There is no one true church – Pat Buckley
  2. I add, that those who are bent on restoring the whole church ought to be well instructed in the word, and to abstain from doing anything under the pretext of simplicity. – John Nelson Darby
  3. Nationalism- in other words, the dividing of the church into bodies- consisting of such and such a nation, is a novelty, not above three centuries old, although many dear children of God are found dwelling in it. – John Nelson Darby
  4. The leadership lost its nerve. Instead of taking the lead in the reform movement... they pulled the plug on it. They tried and are still trying to return the church to the dry ice of the previous century and a half. – Andrew Greeley
  5. Church is great, but I found my church here. Hugh Hefner has been nothing but a gentleman. – Jessica Hahn
  6. The Church is everywhere represented as one. It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, on body. – Charles Hodge
  7. How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear, and if there were ever any records of this kind the Church would hardly allow them to become public. – Harry Houdini
  8. I think that after Church got his Ph. D. he studied in Europe, maybe in the Netherlands, for a year or two. – Stephen Cole Kleene
  9. There's always the tendency to transform the Church into an ethical agency, and of measuring the Church by the yardstick of social and cultural utility. – Karl Lehmann
  10. I spent a lot of time in churches. If you go to a synagogue, someone is always asking if you're alone, if you're married. In a church in a hundred years no one would ask. – Peter Malkin
  11. Each heartfelt prayer, each Church meeting attended, each worthy friend, each righteous decision, each act of service perfomed all precede that goal of eternal life. – Thomas S. Monson
  12. It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport. – Fridtjof Nansen
  13. My hope that the Church will emerge as a strong leader in society is just that a hope. What I described in The Catholic Moment is not a prophecy but the outline of a possibility. There are no guarantees that my hopes expressed in The Catholic Moment will ever be realised. – Richard John Neuhaus
  14. Before I had crossed the threshold of my church I was made to realize that I was shepherd of a divided flock. – Anna H. Shaw
  15. One of my good friends is Christian, goes to church every Sunday, very religious. I'm fine with that and I will never judge her. – Amber Tamblyn

Usage examples for church

  1. Nothing but a new church would do! – Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell
  2. Then why shouldn'twe all go to the same church – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
  3. Thought I'd take a look- in at church this morning myself. – The Flirt by Booth Tarkington
  4. I've heard about enough of you and your church – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  5. She wished to hurry from the church – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  6. I don't believe the church folk think like that, father. – Masterman and Son by W. J. Dawson
  7. And there was the church – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  8. I shall be very sorry if he does not, for he has done a great deal for the church – Abbeychurch or, Self-Control and Self-Conceit by Charlotte M. Yonge
  9. It is all about church matters. – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  10. If Blanche will only consent, I'll take her to church as soon as she comes down stairs!" – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  11. I have seen her at church – Marital Power Exemplified in Mrs. Packard's Trial, and Self-Defence from the Charge of Insanity by Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard
  12. " If they care about anything, it's about the Church said Mr. Bonteen. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  13. Would you mind going into the church a minute? – Children of the Desert by Louis Dodge
  14. Have you a mind to go to church – The Cromptons by Mary J. Holmes
  15. To church this morning, and so home and to dinner. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  16. This was, indeed, church and state. – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  17. As it is in the church the grace of love is as gold. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  18. Tell her I have gone to church will you? – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  19. Well, Mrs. Gaddesden, it's the Church the Church we have to think of! – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward