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Definition: Church militant
, a. [L. militans, -antis, p. pr. of
militare to be soldier: cf. F. militant. See Militate
Engaged in warfare; fighting; combating; serving as a
soldier. -- Mil"i*tant*ly
At which command the powers militant . . .
Moved on in silence. --Milton.
, the Christian church on earth, which is
supposed to be engaged in a constant warfare against its
enemies, and is thus distinguished from the church
triumphant, in heaven.
(ch[^u]rch), n. [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche,
Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel.
kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all
fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning
a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power,
might; akin to Skr. [,c][=u]ra hero, Zend. [,c]ura strong,
OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk
1. A building set apart for Christian worship.
2. A Jewish or heathen temple. [Obs.] --Acts xix. 37.
3. A formally organized body of Christian believers
worshiping together. “When they had ordained them elders
in every church.”
--Acts xiv. 23.
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
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
Note: Church is often used in composition to denote something
belonging or relating to the church; as, church
authority; church history; church member; church music,
. See under Apostolic
. See Broad Church
or Universal church
, the whole body of
believers in Christ throughout the world.
Church of England
, or English church
, the Episcopal
church established and endowed in England by law.
, a benefice in an established church.
. See under Militant
(Zo["o]l.), the white owl. See Barn owl
, a tax levied on parishioners for the
maintenance of the church and its services.
. See under Session
. See under Triumphant
, work on, or in behalf of, a church; the work
of a particular church for the spread of religion.
, the church maintained by the civil
authority; a state church.