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denomination, denominationalization A denomination is a religious organization which, in the church–sect typology, stands mid-way between the church type and the sect type. It is a voluntary association with a formal bureaucracy. There is a trained ministry and lay participation is restricted to particular limited activities. It is tolerant about belief and practice, and expulsion of members who deviate from orthodoxy is rare. Individual commitment is not intense, and recruitment is through socialization. Denominationalization refers to the historical process by which certain sects (such as the Methodists) acquired the characteristics of a denomination without necessarily becoming a church.

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de·nom·i·na·tion / diˌnäməˈnāshən/ • n. 1. a recognized autonomous branch of the Christian Church. ∎  a group or branch of any religion: Jewish clergy of all denominations. 2. the face value of a banknote, a coin, or a postage stamp: a hundred dollars or so, in small denominations. ∎  the rank of a playing card within a suit, or of a suit relative to others: two cards of the same denomination. 3. formal a name or designation, esp. one serving to classify a set of things. ∎  the action of naming or classifying something: denomination of oneself as a fat woman.

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Denomination

a set of the same persons, called by the same name and therefore of the same views. See also communion, confession.

Examples: denomination of Bapists; of Christians; of Epicureans, 1716; of the faithful, 1746; of malefactors, 1814; of methodists; of peripateticks, 1716; of Stoics, 1716.

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Denomination. A religious group within a major religion, having the same faith and organization. See also SECTS.

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