conventicle [kən ven′ti kəl]
[ME < OFr conventicule < L conventiculum, dim. of CONVENT]
1. a religious assembly held illegally and secretly by certain Protestant sects that disputed the authority of the Church of England in the 16th and 17th cent.
2. the meeting place of such an assembly

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  • Conventicle — Con*ven ti*cle, n. [L. conventiculum, dim. of conventus: cf. F. conventicule. See {Convent}, n.] 1. A small assembly or gathering; esp., a secret assembly. [1913 Webster] They are commanded to abstain from all conventicles of men whatsoever.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conventicle — index collection (assembly) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • conventicle — (n.) from L. conventiculum a small assembly, dim. of conventus (see CONVENT (Cf. convent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Conventicle — A Covenanters convecticle by Roger Griffith. A conventicle is a small, unofficial and unofficiated meeting of laypeople, to discuss religious issues in a non threatening, intimate manner. Philipp Jakob Spener called for such associations in his… …   Wikipedia

  • conventicle — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin conventiculum, diminutive of conventus assembly Date: 14th century 1. assembly, meeting 2. an assembly of an irregular or unlawful character 3. an assembly for religious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • conventicle — conventicler, n. conventicular /kon ven tik yeuh leuhr/, adj. /keuhn ven ti keuhl/, n. 1. a secret or unauthorized meeting, esp. for religious worship, as those held by Protestant dissenters in England in the 16th and 17th centuries. 2. a place… …   Universalium

  • conventicle — noun a) a secret, unauthorized or illegal religious meeting b) the place where such a meeting is held …   Wiktionary

  • conventicle — secret or illegal church assembly Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • conventicle — con·ven·ti·cle || kÉ™n ventɪkl n. clandestine gathering …   English contemporary dictionary

  • conventicle — [kən vɛntɪk(ə)l] noun historical a secret or unlawful religious meeting, typically of nonconformists. Origin ME: from L. conventiculum (place of) assembly , dimin. of conventus assembly, company , from convenire (see convene) …   English new terms dictionary

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