(in Congregational churches) a legal corporation with power to sue and be sued and to administer all of the temporalities of the church.


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    [ih-klee-zee-ol-uh-tree] /ɪˌkli ziˈɒl ə tri/ noun 1. excessive reverence for churchly forms and traditions. /ɪˌkliːzɪˈɒlətrɪ/ noun 1. obsessional devotion to ecclesiastical traditions

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