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Definition of church:

  1. 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.
  2. A building set apart for Christian worship.
  3. A formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together.
  4. A Jewish or heathen temple.
  5. Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm.
  6. The aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil.
  7. The collective body of Christians.
  8. 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.

Synonyms:

Mass, cult, ordinance, communion, rite, faction, body, faith, religion, denomination, service, liturgy, congregation, duty, sanctuary, evensong, doctrine, vespers, belief, chapter, Christianity, order, oratory, sacrament, office, fellowship, creed, church service, Christian Church, church building, sermon, mission, sect, ism, persuasion, affiliation, exercises, ritual, ceremony, gathering, devotions.

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