Definition of High Church in English:

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High Church

Pronunciation: /ˈˌhī ˈCHərCH/


Of or adhering to a tradition within the Anglican Church emphasizing ritual, priestly authority, sacraments, and historical continuity with Catholic Christianity. Compare with Low Church, Broad Church.
Example sentences
  • The audience ranged from High Church Anglo-Catholics to low church Evangelical Anglicans.
  • The ‘Authorized Version’ arose out of a conference at Hampton Court, convened by James I in 1604, between the High Church and Low Church parties.
  • Nor was Newman a liberal, rather a High Church Anglican who converted to Catholicism.


[treated as singular or plural]
The principles or adherents of High Church tradition.
Example sentences
  • By the middle of the 17th century, Charles I had brought back the High Church doctrine, and so the Anglican church was split between the Low Church, the Calvinists, and the High Church.
  • This community of believers developed a cohesive identity not just through its religious outlook and its struggles with the High Church, but also through the experience of weekly worship together.
  • There is a sort of dynamism there in that wing of the movement which separates it from the old High Church.


High Churchman

Example sentences
  • Nevertheless, many evangelicals and High Churchmen still clung to the literal view of Genesis because it was exegetically the soundest interpretation.
  • Anglican High Churchmen referred - sometimes enviously - to the relative autonomy of non-established Scottish episcopalianism.
  • This state interference in the Anglican Church was denounced as ‘national apostasy’ by High Churchmen in England.
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