Definition of disestablish in US English:



[with object]usually be disestablished
  • Deprive (an organization, especially a country's national church) of its official status.

    • ‘The simple alternative would be for the Church of England to be disestablished.’
    • ‘That section stipulates that a council must consult before disestablishing a park.’
    • ‘In the fixed life cycle, the unit was established and trained or operated for a fixed time after which it was disestablished.’
    • ‘Welsh nationalism was about neither land nor Home Rule but was founded on the Nonconformist campaign to disestablish the Anglican Church, which was maintained by the payment of tithes.’
    • ‘Thus America became the first nation to disestablish religion and to protect the free exercise of religion by law.’
    • ‘It expelled religious orders from the country and disestablished the Roman Catholic church.’
    • ‘We have just heard that this bill is being brought in 1 year after the board was disestablished without consultation with the sector itself.’
    • ‘The Catholic Church was disestablished, and a considerable amount of church land was purchased and redistributed.’
    • ‘In his 1868 to 1874 government, Gladstone disestablished the Church of Ireland.’
    • ‘If the church refuses to pay, it risks being disestablished from the diocese.’
    • ‘Effectively the memorial is disestablished, or if you like, taken apart.’
    • ‘It was not until 1870 when the Church of Ireland was finally disestablished that it had to review its assumptions about its natural place in Irish society.’
    • ‘The English grant was abolished in 1851, the Irish in 1869 when the Irish church was disestablished, though with compensation for the Presbyterians.’
    • ‘At a minimum they clearly meant to preclude the federal government from interfering in religious matters, but equally clearly they did not intend to disestablish state churches or authorize the federal government to do so.’
    • ‘A decree issued in February 1918 disestablished the Church and confirmed the equality of all religious faiths before the law.’
    • ‘Gladstone began to tackle Ireland's oppressive landlordism and disestablished the Irish Protestant church in 1869.’
    • ‘By 1833, all of the original 13 states had disestablished their churches, largely due to Madison's influence.’
    • ‘When Gladstone decided that he had got the ultimate solution to the Irish problem and disestablished the Church of Ireland we had a difficult period to establish ourselves as an autonomous Irish church which we now are.’
    • ‘The Community Employment Group has been disestablished because we are now living in very, very different times from the times when the organisation was established.’
    • ‘We are disestablishing current municipalities and establishing new bodies.’
    destabilize, unsettle, overthrow, overturn
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