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definition of the word antidisestablishmentarianism

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Said by Weekley to be first recorded in Gladstone's "Church and State", in reference to a scheme directed against the Church of England. From establishment in the sense of the ecclesiastical system established by law; the Church of England.



antidisestablishmentarianism (uncountable)

  1. A political philosophy opposed to the separation of a religious group ("church") and a government ("state"), esp. the belief held by those in 19th century England opposed to separating the Anglican church from the civil government.

Atypically long, this word is sometimes employed to imply that the user has an above average intellect. ("Some techy words -- 'global thermonuclear war,' 'quadratic equation' and 'antidisestablishmentarianism' -- just sound smart." — New York Times, December 30, 2004.)

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