Definition of concordat in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈkôrˌdat/ /kənˈkɔrˌdæt/

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  • An agreement or treaty, especially one between the Vatican and a secular government relating to matters of mutual interest.

    ‘Napoleon I's concordat with the papacy’
    • ‘The canonical-mission requirement was later incorporated into concordats between the Vatican and several German states, and the Reich itself.’
    • ‘Godman devotes significant attention to the 1933 concordat between the Holy See and Germany.’
    • ‘Though Muslims and even Protestants also have such access in some provinces, they have no formal concordats with federal ministries, and they are justified in worrying about discrimination.’
    • ‘If I had had more space, I would have pursued the issue of the concordat and the general antiliberal tenor of Pius's papacy.’
    • ‘Very often in such regimes, relations with churches are managed through special agreements, concordats, and the like.’
    • ‘They signed a concordat with the Scottish Trade Union Congress at their recent Perth conference, pledging consultation with the unions.’
    • ‘An official concordat was signed in 2000 between the Slovak Republic and the Roman Catholic Church.’
    • ‘In a bid to end the dispute, NHS employers have presented a Scottish concordat that ties wage increases in with wide-sweeping changes to pay structures and working conditions.’
    • ‘A declaration of Anglican common law and polity could then be issued by the primates at their meeting in 2008, in the form of a concordat.’
    • ‘The concordat fails to address all the workers' grievances.’
    • ‘The Austrian court was dominated by the Jesuits, its government had concluded a concordat with Pius IX, the pope who ardently combated all modern ideas.’
    • ‘However, he conceded there could be opportunities for NHS consultants to boost their income from private work under the concordat.’
    • ‘If a concordat with the private sector is desirable in England, it should be considered here too.’
    • ‘Both Pius XI and Pius XII had pontificates that built upon the concordats begun under Benedict.’
    • ‘So, why doesn't the Scottish Executive cite the spending concordat and get Westminster to pay for the cost of this change in policy?’
    • ‘The concordat with the pope, however, reconciled Catholics with the new regime by re-establishing their Church.’
    • ‘Only an international outcry can move these bureaucrats to honor the constitution instead of the concordat.’
    treaty, agreement, accord, concordat, entente, compact, pact, protocol, convention, settlement


Early 17th century from French, or from Latin concordatum ‘something agreed upon’, neuter past participle of concordare ‘be of one mind’ (see concord).