synod

Part of speech: noun

An ecclesiastical council; hence, any deliberative assembly.

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Usage examples "synod":

  1. Accordingly a Jewish synod, assembled in Poland in 1631, ordered the offending passages to be expunged again, but- according to Drach- to be replaced by circles which the Rabbis were to fill in orally when giving instruction to young Jews. - "Secret Societies And Subversive Movements", Nesta H. Webster.
  2. The elders, however, became satisfied that the moment had come for a thorough organization of the church, and they therefore caused the legislature to issue a general invitation to all the congregations to send representatives to a synod to be held at Cambridge. - "The Emancipation of Massachusetts", Brooks Adams.
  3. If a man is going to be a pitiful fellow and sorry knave, I am afraid you will not save him by the companionship of a synod of bishops; nor will you spoil a fine fellow if he occasionally rubs shoulders with rogues and vagabonds. - "Marjorie", Justin Huntly McCarthy.