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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the doctrine or political position that opposes the withdrawal of state recognition of an established church; -- used especially concerning the Anglican Church in England. Opposed to disestablishmentarianism.


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From anti- + disestablishmentarian + -ism.


  • Modern antidisestablishmentarianism is a real danger for the integrity of the church, even if getting to use my favorite third-grade spelling word in context is a hoot.

    Waldo Jaquith - The Book of Matthew engrossed by House with a floor substitute.

  • If I push it, I can dredge up "Rotarian," which is not much help, as well as "antidisestablishmentarianism" -- a word even longer than Singularitarianism, which is also related to the subject of religion.

    The Speculist: October 2005 Archives

  • For a glimpse of that masterful figure, fast forward to "Almost Famous" and the casual drop of "antidisestablishmentarianism" into a heated diss, or the arresting "No Love", which pits a pinging Em in a friendly against Lil Wayne.

    Eminem: Recovery

  • I also gave her a copy of the dictonary's definition for "antidisestablishmentarianism," which she got a good chuckle out of.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • I've gotta tell you how funny, warm and cool these three guys were telling wonderful stories about working with industry greats like Bill Gaines, Will Elder, John Severin, Wally Wood and Harvey Kurtzman while putting together many classic humor strips that became the very model of "antidisestablishmentarianism" for multiple generations of comic book fans.

    "Mad" Comes to Asheville, NC!

  • My dad loved learning to spell, pronounce, and use-in-sentences big words, and of course I knew how to spell "antidisestablishmentarianism" before I was 5.

    Among the Simple

  • This well-meaning law ensures that schools will be closed if their special ed students and non-native speakers of English cannot spell "antidisestablishmentarianism" or solve rudimentary problems in thermodynamics.

    The Wartime President

  • Completely daft suggestions will be ignored, so no suggestions of 'antidisestablishmentarianism' along with a title of 'sex lives of cornflakes.'

    Pen-Elayne on the Web

  • Again, while "antidisestablishmentarianism" is a real word, it's not in answers. com, so it's disqualified.


  • When I was a kid, rumor had it that "antidisestablishmentarianism" was the longest word in the English language.

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  • Sorry, I should have been more specific. Longest English word as in, can be found in an English dictionary.

    July 28, 2009

  • Try clicking on the tag 'big word' above.

    July 28, 2009

  • Pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism=second longest English word.

    antidisestablishmentarianism=third longest English word.

    July 28, 2009

  • This word is really fun to spell out loud it has a nice pattern to it.

    May 9, 2009

  • Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism (although the OUP Blog rather unkindly calls it a mere 'stunt word').

    March 10, 2009

  • 28-letter Buzzword of the late 1960's and early 70's when everybody said it was the longest word in "the dictionary". Nobody had consulted lists of the names of EXTREMELY long and complex (replete with numbers and dashes) organic chemicals back then, apparently. I know I didn't.

    January 8, 2009

  • I taught my spawn the pronunciation and meaning of several "large" terms. I found the child's pronunciation of non-sequitur the most amusing--especially as children are quite prone to using them.

    February 10, 2008

  • bluebirdcry,

    my father taught it to me when I was five...he got a kick out of me saying it...he taught me the word perpendicular the same day and I had to recite the meaning of that word...he didn't hold me to the meaning of the "longest" word.

    February 10, 2008

  • I remember my father teaching this word to me as a small child. Well, smaller than I am currently.

    You're right though, children armed with words such as this are quite unbearable.

    February 10, 2008

  • It is the kind of word that brings out one's insufferable side.

    January 18, 2008

  • I remember being so chuffed as a kid for knowing the “world's longest word�?. Some might say insufferable

    January 17, 2008

  • The REAL longest word is pnuemonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a lung disease from inhaling volcanic dust.

    January 15, 2008

  • I think the lexicographers are irrationally attached to certain words like this. A usage note is probably the correct thing to do, but that seems unlikely in the near future.

    October 14, 2007

  • That would be todally awesome, though I don't see it happening any time soon.

    October 13, 2007

  • So, isn't the dictionary definition supposed to reflect a word's most common usage? If nobody uses it to mean "opposition to the belief that there should no longer be an official church in a country" then shouldn't the dictionary reflect what people do use it for, and leave it at that? With perhaps a note about what the word used to mean?

    October 13, 2007

  • A word used more for example than for its meaning. It looks like a cityscape.

    October 13, 2007

  • (never mind what I said. move along. nothing to see here.)

    December 6, 2006