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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
church (noun)
1.
a building for public and especially Christian worship
2.
the clergy or officialdom of a religious body
3.
often capitalized a body or organization of religious believers as
a) the whole body of Christians
b) - denomination the Presbyterian church
c) - congregation
4.
a public divine worship - goes to church every Sunday
5.
the clerical profession - considered the church as a possible career
church (adjective)
1.
of or relating to a church - church government
2.
chiefly British of or relating to the established church
church (verb)
transitive verb
to bring to church to receive one of its rites
Church (biographical name)
Frederic Edwin 1826–1900 Am. painter
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
church (noun)
1.
a building for public worship and especially Christian worship
SYNONIMS:
kirk, tabernacle, temple
RELATED WORDS:
abbey, bethel, cathedral, chapel, minster, mission, oratory, sanctuary, shrine; meetinghouse; mosque, pagoda, shul, synagogue ( synagog)
church (noun)
2.
a body of persons gathered for religious worship
SYNONIMS:
assembly, church
RELATED WORDS:
flock, laity, parish; communion, confession, denomination, fold, sect
church (noun)
3.
the group ordained to perform clerical functions in the Christian church
SYNONIMS:
church, cloth, first estate, ministry, spirituality, spiritualty
RELATED WORDS:
diaconate, episcopate, hierarchy, presbytery; clerkship, monkhood, priesthood
laity
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