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concordat Line breaks: con|cordat
Pronunciation: /kənˈkɔːdat/

Definition of concordat in English:


An agreement or treaty, especially one between the Vatican and a secular government relating to matters of mutual interest: Napoleon I’s concordat with the papacy
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  • The canonical-mission requirement was later incorporated into concordats between the Vatican and several German states, and the Reich itself.
  • He saw firsthand the Church's disastrous experience with Nazism in Germany, when a concordat between the Vatican and the Nazis failed to protect the Church from Hitler.
  • It was Adolf Hitler who made a concordat with the Vatican, securing these benefits for the church.


Early 17th century: from French, or from Latin concordatum 'something agreed upon', neuter past participle of concordare 'be of one mind' (see concord).

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