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denomination
as in:  the Baptist denomination


Downtown synagogues, mosques and churches of various denominations joined to assist the homeless.
  a group of religious congregations (such as churches, temples, masques...) sharing distinctive beliefs and belonging to the same organization

or more rarely (and less formally):  any categorization of people
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Standard prefix:  "non" at the beginning of a word often means "not" or "without" as in "nonfiction" or "nonstop" or "nonfat". Accordingly, a nondenominational religious organization is one meant to represent many religious denominations.
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  • Downtown synagogues, mosques and churches of various denominations joined to assist the homeless.
  • Billy Graham transcended denomination and became a spokesperson for most American Christians.
  • We shared a nondenominational prayer before beginning.
  • He stood up and said his Denomination believed in being kind to everybody; kind to animals and such.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree

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  • The chaplain came around and asked if we wanted to come to nondenominational services.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • There were a host of religious opportunities at Danbury: a Friday Mass for Catholics, and sometimes a Sunday Mass as well (usually delivered by the "hot priest," a young padre who played guitar and spoke Italian and was thus adored by all the Italian-Americans); a Spanish Christian service on the weekends; a Buddhist meditation group and also rabbinical visits on Wednesdays; and a wacky weekly nondenominational be-in led by volunteers armed with acoustic guitars and scented candles.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This is the hospital’s idea of nondenominational.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Although her clientele was nondenominational, she’d garnered a word-of-mouth reputation among temple sisterhoods, and patrons came from as far away as New York and Connecticut and even Maryland to relax and rejuvenate.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
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Associated words [difficulty]:   denomination [6]
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