consistorian

consistory

[kuhn-sis-tuh-ree]
noun, plural consistories.
1.
any of various ecclesiastical councils or tribunals.
2.
the place where such a council or tribunal meets.
3.
the meeting of any such body.
4.
Roman Catholic Church. a solemn assembly of the whole body of cardinals, summoned and presided over by the pope.
5.
Anglican Church. a diocesan court for dealing with ecclesiastical and spiritual questions, held in the cathedral church and presided over by the bishop, the bishop's chancellor, or the commissary.
6.
(in certain Reformed churches) the governing board of a local church or congregation.
7.
any assembly or council.
8.
Obsolete. a council chamber.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English consistorie < Anglo-French < Late Latin consistōrium meeting place, equivalent to Latin consist(ere) (see consist) + -(t)ōrium -tory2

consistorial [kon-si-stawr-ee-uhl, -stohr-] , consistorian, adjective
nonconsistorial, adjective
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consistory (kənˈsɪstərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  Church of England
 a.  the court of a diocese (other than Canterbury) administering ecclesiastical law
 b.  the area in a church where the consistory meets
2.  RC Church an assembly of the cardinals and the pope
3.  (in certain Reformed Churches) the governing body of a local congregation or church
4.  archaic a council or assembly
 
[C14: from Old French consistorie, from Medieval Latin consistōrium ecclesiastical tribunal, ultimately from Latin consistere to stand still]
 
consistorial
 
adj
 
consis'torian
 
adj

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