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Considered the longest, non-technical, word in the English dictionary, the word antidisestablishmentarianism was first used in an 1838 essay entitled “Church and State” by British politician William Gladstone [ref] Gladstone served four terms as Prime Minister (not all consecutively) towards the latter years of Victorian England as well as many other high positions in British government.[/ref] to describe a political position by his party regarding religious authority. The root of the word, disestablishmentarian, is a term defining a movement to separate government from a state sponsored religion, in this case, the Church of England [ref]The Church of England was the officially sanctioned Christian Church of England since the reign of King Henry VIII, when it separated from the Holy Roman Catholic Church in 1534.[/ref].

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