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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The Oriental Orthodox church of Egypt, with dioceses elsewhere in Africa and southwest Asia, having a liturgy in Coptic and a theology that emphasizes the unity of the divine and human natures in the person of Jesus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • The native church of Egypt or church of Alexandria, which in general organization and doctrines resembles the Roman Catholic Church, except that it holds to the Monophysitic doctrine which was condemned (a. d. 451) by the council of Chalcedon, and allows its priests to marry. The “pope and patriarch” has jurisdiction over the Abyssinian Church. Since the 7th century the Coptic Church has been so isolated from modifying influences that in many respects it is the most ancient monument of primitive Christian rites and ceremonies. But centuries of subjection to Moslem rule have weakened and degraded it.

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  • proper noun An Orthodox Church based in Egypt

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  • noun the ancient Christian church of Egypt

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Examples

  • The Coptic Church is the oldest surviving Christian community.

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  • It's known as the Coptic Church, it's an orthodox rite, started about the 1st century, and at the moment about one in 10 Egyptians is a Christian.

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  • It's known as the Coptic Church, it's an orthodox rite, started about the 1st century, and at the moment about one in 10 Egyptians is a Christian.

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  • It's known as the Coptic Church, it's an orthodox rite, started about the 1st century, and at the moment about one in 10 Egyptians is a Christian.

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  • For my money there is no better Egyptian analyst of the religious scene than Hossam Tammam — he's a specialist on Islamists, but what he writes here goes for the Coptic Church too.

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  • For my money there is no better Egyptian analyst of the religious scene than Hossam Tammam — he's a specialist on Islamists, but what he writes here goes for the Coptic Church too.

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  • Late Sunday, riots erupted outside the cathedral-headquarters of the Coptic Church after the country's top Muslim religious figures and government officials met with Pope Shenouda III.Protesters threw bottles and stones at riot police outside the cathedral, injuring 45 policemen, security officials said.

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  • For my money there is no better Egyptian analyst of the religious scene than Hossam Tammam — he's a specialist on Islamists, but what he writes here goes for the Coptic Church too.

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  • Late Sunday, riots erupted outside the cathedral-headquarters of the Coptic Church after the country's top Muslim religious figures and government officials met with Pope Shenouda III.Protesters threw bottles and stones at riot police outside the cathedral, injuring 45 policemen, security officials said.

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  • Late Sunday, riots erupted outside the cathedral-headquarters of the Coptic Church after the country's top Muslim religious figures and government officials met with Pope Shenouda III.Protesters threw bottles and stones at riot police outside the cathedral, injuring 45 policemen, security officials said.

    Suicide bombing opens vein of Christian anger in Egypt

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