disestablish Definition

to end the official status of a religion or church so that it no longer has special rights or privileges.

Using disestablish: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "disestablish" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The government decided to disestablish the Church of England.

  • Example

    The movement aimed to disestablish the Catholic Church in Ireland.

  • Example

    The disestablishment of the church was met with resistance from its members.

disestablish Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for disestablish

Phrases with disestablish

  • opposition to the establishment of a state church


    Disestablishmentarianism was a major political issue in 19th century Britain.

  • a provision in the US Constitution that prohibits the federal government from establishing an official religion or favoring one religion over another


    The disestablishment clause is a key part of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

  • a political movement aimed at ending the official status of a religion or church


    The disestablishment movement gained momentum in the 19th century.

Origins of disestablish

from dis- 'not' + establish, from Old French 'establiss-', past participle stem of 'establir'


Summary: disestablish in Brief

'Disestablish' [ˌdɪsɪsˈtæblɪʃ] is a verb that means to end the official status of a religion or church, removing its special rights or privileges. It is often used in the context of political movements, such as the disestablishment movement in 19th century Britain. Synonyms include 'abolish' and 'terminate,' while informal equivalents are 'get rid of' and 'do away with.'