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Topic: CHRISTIANITY

Language: Old English
Origin: cirice, from Late Greek kyriakon, from Greek kyriakos 'of the lord', from kyrios 'lord, master'

church

noun
     
church
church S1 W1
1 [countable]RRC a building where Christians go to worship [↪ cathedral]:
a short church service
church bells
2 [uncountable]RRC the religious ceremonies in a church:
Mrs Dobson invited us to dinner after church.
My parents go to church every Sunday.
at church
We didn't see you at church this morning.
3 [countable] also Church one of the separate groups within the Christian religion:
the Catholic Church
4 [singular, uncountable]RRC the institution of the Christian religion, and all the priests and other ministers who are part of it:
the church's attitude towards marriage
separation of church and state
WORD FOCUS: god WORD FOCUS: god
places where people worship God: church (Christians)
temple
(Buddhists and Hindus)
mosque
(Muslims)
synagogue
(Jews)

treated with great respect because of being connected with God: holy, sacred

having strong beliefs in God: devout, pious

someone who does not believe in God : atheist

someone who is not sure if God exists: agnostic
god

See also
god
WORD FOCUS: religion WORD FOCUS: religion
faith one of the world's main religions, for example Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, or Christianity
church
a Christian religious group, for example the Catholic Church
sect
a religious group that is part of a larger religious group but has slightly different beliefs, for example a Buddhist sect
cult
an extreme religious group that is not part of an established religion
faith community
a group of people living in the same area, who have a particular religion
secular
not relating to religion or any religious group
religion

See also
religion
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