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church +‎ -like


churchlike (comparative more churchlike, superlative most churchlike)

  1. Resembling or befitting a church or a worship service.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter 5,[1]
      The new part, containing the schoolroom and dormitory, was lit by mullioned and latticed windows, which gave it a church-like aspect []
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 13, p. 69,[2]
      The court was filled. Some people even stood behind the churchlike benches in the rear.
    • 2009 January 29, Cintra Wilson, “These Jewels Look Smaller in France”, in New York Times[3]:
      This is [] a break with the practice at American diamond stores, where shopping for engagement rings is a solemnized and somewhat stressfully churchlike experience of awe and trembling before the altar of massive debt.