1. [ noun ] (religion,Christianity) a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
Synonyms: Christian_religion
Related terms: religion Protestantism Catholicism Tractarianism albigensianism Adventism donatism redemption Hell cursed Church_Father Incarnation Ascension Immaculate_Conception Nicene_Creed real_presence errancy tritheism article_of_faith ecumenism mortification Elysium assumption ransomed communion council laurentius Antichrist Annunciation inerrancy receive august_6 transubstantiate
2. [ noun ] (religion,Christianity) a group of Christians; any group professing Christian doctrine or belief
Synonyms: church Christian_church

"the church is debating the issue of women priests"

Related terms: religion Protestant_Church Catholic_Church nestorian_church Coptic_Church armenian_apostolic_orthodox_church unification_church Christian Christendom
3. [ noun ] (Christianity) the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia)
Synonyms: Christendom

"for a thousand years the Roman Catholic Church was the principal church of Christendom"

Related terms: body church church
Similar spelling:   Christiani