Church Slavonicism

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Church Slavonicism

 

a grammatical form, word, or expression incorporated into the Russian language from Church Slavonic or formulated by analogy with such Church Slavonic elements. (SeeSLAVONICISM and OLD CHURCH SLAVONICISM.)

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