confessionalization

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From confessionalize +‎ -ation.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˌfɛʃ(ə)nəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/

Noun[edit]

confessionalization (plural confessionalizations)

  1. (ecclesiastical, chiefly historical) The fixing of religious beliefs into set categories of denomination or dogma.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 639:
      Confessionalization represents the defeat of efforts to rebuild the unified Latin Church.