• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a High-church Of or pertaining to, or favoring, the party called the High Church, or their doctrines or policy. See High Church, under High a.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • high-church Exalting the authority of the church; laying great stress on church authority and jurisdiction: used specifically of those in the Anglican Church who are known as High-churchmen, and of their principles. See High-churchman. [The term High-church first came into use to designate those who held to the independent authority of the spiritualty at the time James II. put the bishops in the Tower (1688) for refusing to read publicly the Declaration of Indulgence.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns High-church applied to a party within the Church of England, which exalts the authority of the Episcopate and the priesthood, the saving grace of sacraments, &c. (also adj.)
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  • Tom Brokaw
    Tom Brokaw
    “If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héah; Goth. hauhs, Ice. hár, Ger. hoch.


In literature:

February 17, 1834, the first high council of the Church was organized.
"A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" by Nephi Anderson
It was, and is, a house of red brick, a house of three stories and a high basement, built by the architect who had designed Grace Church.
"Fifth Avenue" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
He stands high as overseer of the Greenmount church.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Of offices in the gift of the village voter those in the Church are the most highly esteemed.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong
Not that there was no longer a High Church, and even a strong High Church party.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Forty years ago I sat down to the dinner-table of a man who stood high in the community and church.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
His lordship was a rigid Churchman, inclined to be somewhat High Church in his ideas.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
Then she said, "Lead him to the Cross," which cross stood in front of the church on the high road.
"Joan of Arc" by Ronald Sutherland Gower
In the intellectual life of America, the churches assumed a role of high importance.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
We have all known two such, who held high places in Church and State.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I" by Burton J. Hendrick
He was high church, because he had lived among the low church party.
"Interludes being Two Essays, a Story, and Some Verses" by Horace Smith
Smith then set out in his sedan, and Rogers walked up to the High Church to hear Blair.
"Life of Adam Smith" by John Rae
If the latter has been described as the high Church party of Islam, this must be described as the low.
"The Future of Islam" by Wilfred Scawen Blunt
But now distinctive High Church practices were given up, and the parish was run on moderate, kindly, and sensible lines.
"Hugh" by Arthur Christopher Benson
I have, in bygone Centuries, held many high disputations in the Church.
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
The ignorant and prejudiced dubbed these churches high-tone.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
The front steps were as broad as those to a palace, and as high, it seemed, as to a church tower.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Over the red-brick houses of the village the church stood high, its spire clearly defined against the blue of the sky.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
Over the high altar was the great east window of the church, glazed with painted glass; other windows in the church were also thus filled.
"The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture, Elucidated by Question and Answer, 4th ed." by Matthew Holbeche Bloxam
Yes, smoke was drifting high among the elms above the church.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

In poetry:

The churches ruined lie,
The houses burn on high,
The roofs they smoke, the flames out fly,
Into the street then hie!
"The Destruction Of Magdeburg" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Christ's the high-priest, who offer'd up his blood,
His heart's warm treasure, for his church's good,
Upon the cross to his eternal Sire,
To save the world from everlasting fire.
"Christ Is All In All" by Rees Prichard
And the people said, "Prince Henry was a good man,
But now he's laid low in the church of Whippingham."
But when the Grim King his dart does throw,
None can escape death, high or low.
"The Funeral of the Late Prince Henry of Battenberg" by William Topaz McGonagall
From this church they led their brides,
From this church themselves were led
Shoulder-high; on these waysides
Sat to take their beer and bread.
Names are gone - what men they were
These their cottages declare.
"Forefathers" by Edmund Blunden
Tired with their toil, peasants come back from the field,
From the old church, labourer's comfort and shield,
Voices of bells thrill the whole sky high above;
Struck is my heart, trembling and burning with love.
"Eve On The Hill" by Mihai Eminescu
Nor next night: on the after-morn,
I went forth with a strength new-born.
The church was empty; something drew
My steps into the street; I knew
It led me to the market-place:
Where, lo, on high, the father's face!
"The Confessional" by Robert Browning

In news:

The gospel according to Eric Church includes an ode to getting high.
Police and school officials found a BB gun at a high school in Falls Church on Tuesday morning, Fairfax County police said.
Anyone who has had any interaction with the church (or a high school basketball huddle for that matter) can probably quote it with a couple prompts.
A basket bingo sponsored by the Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Music Boosters is set for Saturday, Nov 17, at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 1727 Lynch Road.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio lead the event, which was attended by high representatives of the Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Catholic Churches.
Premier High School will hold its first-ever choir concert Tuesday at 7 pm at Stonewater Church.
Los Banos High and Junior High schools plan a holiday choir concert under the direction of Tom Faria on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 1621 Center Ave Choirs will be performing "Holiday Celebration.".
Hundreds of people packed the South Reno Baptist Church today to pay their last respects to Reed High School graduate Captain Joshua Byers.
Dorothy was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, Minn. And graduated from Litchfield High School in 1942.
Teens from Gardner-South Wilmington High School, Mazon-Verona-Kinsman Middle School, and Morris Community High School attended the annual TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) Kickoff at the First Christian Church.
One of Richmond's oldest remaining Catholic church-school combinations, St Benedict Parish, celebrated its first Mass in a chapel inside Benedictine College — later Benedictine High School — on Sept 25, 1911.
(AP) — Officials at a northwest Georgia high school are defending its football team's practice of having student-led prayers and church-held meals before games.
According to a document obtained by a high-level former Scientologist , the church didn't take kindly to being made fun of, and it mounted a secret revenge campaign against 'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
It has long been rumored that Katie Holmes auditioned for the role of Tom Cruise's missus via the controversial Church of Scientology , of which Cruise is a high-ranking member.
A church turns its land into a revenue-generating high-rise.