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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. 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.
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Usage examples for church

  1. This was, indeed, church and state. – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  2. Thought I'd take a look- in at church this morning myself. – The Flirt by Booth Tarkington
  3. Tell her I have gone to church, will you? – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  4. " If they care about anything, it's about the Church," said Mr. Bonteen. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  5. And there was the church. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  6. Would you mind going into the church a minute? – Children of the Desert by Louis Dodge
  7. Then why shouldn'twe all go to the same church? – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
  8. She wished to hurry from the church. – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  9. It is all about church matters. – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  10. I've heard about enough of you and your church. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  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. I don't believe the church- folk think like that, father. – Masterman and Son by W. J. Dawson
  13. 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
  14. Have you a mind to go to church? – The Cromptons by Mary J. Holmes
  15. Nothing but a new church would do! – Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell
  16. If Blanche will only consent, I'll take her to church as soon as she comes down stairs!" – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  17. Well, Mrs. Gaddesden, it's the Church- the Church we have to think of! – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  18. As it is in the church, the grace of love is as gold. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  19. 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
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