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A political philosophy opposed to the separation of a religious group ("church") and a government ("state"), esp. the belief held by those in 19th century England opposed to separating the Anglican church from the civil government.
Said by Weekley to be first recorded in w:William Gladstone, Gladstone's "Church and State",
in reference to a scheme directed against the Church of England
. From establishment in the sense of
the ecclesiastical system established by law; the Church of England
: to set up, put in place, or institute (originally from the Latin
, to stand)
dis- + establish
: ending the established status of a body, in particular a church, given such status by law, such as the Church of England
disestablish + -ment
: the separation of church and state (specifically in this context it is the political movement of the 1860s in Britain)
anti- + disestablishment
: opposition to disestablishment
antidisestablishment + -arian
: an advocate of opposition to disestablishment (alternatively, but less likely and quite similar in meaning, "opposed to disestablishmentarians", depending on what "anti-" is taken to belong to)
antidisestablishmentarian + -ism
: the movement or ideology of advocates of opposition to disestablishment; the movement or ideology that opposes disestablishment
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