(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. worship, service; ministry; denomination; Christendom, Holy Church; chapel, cathedral, synagogue, temple. See religion.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A building consecrated to worship]
Syn. house of God, Lord's house, cathedral, temple, synagogue, mosque, masjid, oratory, place of worship, house of prayer, meetinghouse, chapel, minster, basilica, tabernacle, bethel, abbey, sanctuary, sacellum, chantry, pantheon, conventicle, collegiate church, mission, shrine, duomo (usu. in Italy), pagoda, kirk (Scottish); see also cathedral , temple .
2. [A divine service]
Syn. service, church service, public worship, rite, religious rite, ordinance, prayers, liturgy, prayer meeting, Sunday school, divine worship, Mass, Holy Mass, Lord's Supper, sacrament, the holy sacrament, Angelus, matins, vespers, ritual, morning prayer, evening prayer, evensong, camp meeting, congregational worship, fellowship, devotions, office, duty, revival meeting, exercises, liturgics, sermon, communion; see also ceremony 2 .
3. [An organized religious body]
Syn. congregation, denomination, Christian denomination, sect, chapter, body, order, communion, faith, religion, religious society, religious order, affiliation, persuasion, belief, faction, doctrine, creed, cult, ism*; see also Christianity 1 , 2 , gathering .
Christian churches include: Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Baptist, Latter-day Saint, Mormon*, Congregational, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian, Serbian, Antiochian, Armenian, Bulgarian, etc.), Orthodox Christianity, Coptic, Pentecostal, Evangelical Reformed, Church of England, Uniat, Melkite, Church of Rome, Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, Disciples of Christ, Church of the Brethren, Dunkers*, Dunkards*, United Brethren, Society of Friends, Quakers*.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
chapel, cathedral, house of worship, temple, synagogue, basilica, meeting house, mosque, tabernacle, the Lord's house, bethel, abbey, sanctuary, denomination, sect, faith, affiliation. ''God between four walls.''—Victor Hugo. ''A hospital for sinners.''—L.L. Nash. ''Wherever one hand meets another helpfully.''—John Ruskin.
altar area reserved for clergy: chancel, sanctuary, presbytery
balcony for choir: choir loft
baptism basin: font
baptism room/section: baptistery
bell ringer: sexton
bell tower: belfry
bench: pew
bishop’s church: cathedral
Buddhist: pagoda
central portion/ main area for congregation: nave
collection/revenue: tithe, benefice
confession booth in the Catholic church: confessional
council of bishops: synod
crucifixion sculptures: Calvary
cup: chalice
district: parish
division, difference of opinion: schism
faith/denomination: (Christian) Roman Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Mormon, Episcopalian, Unitarian, Baptist, Eastern Orthodox, Pentecostal, Church of the Nazarene, Seventh Day Adventists, Unification Church; Orthodox Judaism; Islam; Hindu; Buddhist
gallery above side aisle: triforium
governing body: classis
grave digger: sexton
high-ranking clergy: prelate
house of clergyman: parsonage, rectory
Italian cathedral: duomo
Jewish house of worship: synagogue
jurisdiction of archbishop: archdiocese
jurisdiction of bishop: diocese
land/property: glebe
laws of: canon
lay authority: elder
light-admitting upper wall: clerestory
members: congregation, fold, flock, Ecclesia
Moslem: mosque
mosque tower: minaret
nunnery: convent
office, endowed: benefice
outreach church supported by larger church: mission
preaching platform: pulpit
reading stand: lectern, ambo
repository for sacrements: ambry
rite: baptism, benediction, communion, mass
semicircular projection and vaulted roof area at east end behind altar: apse
storage room for altar vessels: sacristy
storage room for clergy and choir’s robes: vestry
study of architecture, decoration: ecclesiology
table or raised platform: altar
tower: steeple, spire, belfry
underground vault/burial place: crypt
vestibule: narthex, galilee porch
west-side chapel: galilee
window, arched: lancet window
window, large, round, stained glass: catherine wheel, rose window, marigold window
yard, enclosed: parvis
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun Those who accept and practice a particular religious belief: communion, denomination, faith, persuasion, sect. See RELIGION. II adjective Of or relating to a church or to an established religion: churchly, ecclesiastical, religious, spiritual. See RELIGION.

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