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Definition of "disestablishment" [dis•es•tab•lish•ment]

  • The separation of church and state; the removal of a policy of having an official governing religion. (noun)

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Use "disestablishment" in a sentence
  • "Since the restoration, and what may be called the disestablishment of Buddhism, the shrine of Iyeyasu has been shorn of all its glories of ritual and its magnificent Buddhist paraphernalia; the 200 priests who gave it splendour are scattered, and six Shinto priests alternately attend upon it as much for the purpose of selling tickets of admission as for any priestly duties."
  • "All of the five possible legal solutions to the issue of same-sex couples — redefinition of marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, federal marriage amendment, and what I am calling disestablishment — strike me as seriously flawed and likely to be harmful to children."
  • "That idea was consistently rejected, and, stranger still, the idea of disestablishment and separation was almost unperceived."