Definition of Low Church in English:

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Low Church

Pronunciation: /ˈlō ˈˌCHərCH/


Of or adhering to a tradition within the Anglican Church (and some other denominations) that is Protestant in outlook and gives relatively little emphasis to ritual, sacraments, and the authority of the clergy. Compare with High Church, Broad Church.
Example sentences
  • The brothers ' father was also an Anglican bishop of Low Church or Evangelical faith.
  • Well the Oxford Movement generated great hymns, but then so did its opposition Evangelical or Low Church movement.
  • He combined a Catholic devotion to the sacraments of the Church with a Pentecostal welcoming of healings, ecstasies and Low Church spontaneity.


[treated as singular or plural]
The principles or adherents of the Low Church.
Example sentences
  • He became Low Church in order to marry his rich wife who, now dead, has left him with one daughter, Dorothy.
  • They want to continue their Low Church practices in peace.
  • Ryle, for example, pointedly contrasts High and Low Church approaches to religion.


Low Churchman

noun (plural Low Churchmen)
Example sentences
  • High Church clergy and laity were often termed "high and dry", in reference to their traditional "high" attitude with regard to political position of the Church in England, and "dry" faith, which was accompanied by an austere but decorous mode of worship, as reflective of their idea of an orderly and dignified churchmanship against the rantings of the low churchmen that their Cavalier ancestors had defeated.
  • Naturally the Low Churchmen resented an appellation with which this suggestion of unworthy motives was associated.

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Syllabification: Low Church

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