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 for Broad church
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Broad Church \Broad" Church`\ (Eccl.)
     A portion of the Church of England, consisting of persons who
     claim to hold a position, in respect to doctrine and
     fellowship, intermediate between the High Church party and
     the Low Church, or evangelical, party. The term has been
     applied to other bodies of men holding liberal or
     comprehensive views of Christian doctrine and fellowship.
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           Side by side with these various shades of High and Low
           Church, another party of a different character has
           always existed in the Church of England. It is called
           by different names: Moderate, Catholic, or Broad
           Church, by its friends; Latitudinarian or Indifferent,
           by its enemies. Its distinctive character is the desire
           of comprehension. Its watch words are charity and
           toleration.                              --Conybeare.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Church \Church\ (ch[^u]rch), n. [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche,
     Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel.
     kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all
     fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning
     a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power,
     might; akin to Skr. [,c][=u]ra hero, Zend. [,c]ura strong,
     OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]
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     1. A building set apart for Christian worship.
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     2. A Jewish or heathen temple. [Obs.] --Acts xix. 37.
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     3. A formally organized body of Christian believers
        worshiping together. "When they had ordained them elders
        in every church." --Acts xiv. 23.
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     4. A body of Christian believers, holding the same creed,
        observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same
        ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman
        Catholic church; the Presbyterian church.
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     5. The collective body of Christians.
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     6. Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church
        of Brahm.
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     7. The aggregate of religious influences in a community;
        ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array
        the power of the church against some moral evil.
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              Remember that both church and state are properly the
              rulers of the people, only because they are their
              benefactors.                          --Bulwer.
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     Note: Church is often used in composition to denote something
           belonging or relating to the church; as, church
           authority; church history; church member; church music,
           etc.
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     Apostolic church. See under Apostolic.
  
     Broad church. See Broad Church.
  
     Catholic church or Universal church, the whole body of
        believers in Christ throughout the world.
  
     Church of England, or English church, the Episcopal
        church established and endowed in England by law.
  
     Church living, a benefice in an established church.
  
     Church militant. See under Militant.
  
     Church owl (Zool.), the white owl. See Barn owl.
  
     Church rate, a tax levied on parishioners for the
        maintenance of the church and its services.
  
     Church session. See under Session.
  
     Church triumphant. See under Triumphant.
  
     Church work, work on, or in behalf of, a church; the work
        of a particular church for the spread of religion.
  
     Established church, the church maintained by the civil
        authority; a state church.
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