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conventicle

[kuh n-ven-ti-kuh l] /kənˈvɛn tɪ kəl/
noun
1.
a secret or unauthorized meeting, especially for religious worship, as those held by Protestant dissenters in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.
2.
a place of meeting or assembly, especially a Nonconformist meeting house.
3.
Obsolete. a meeting or assembly.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin conventiculum a small assembly. See convent, -i-, -cle1
Related forms
conventicler, noun
conventicular
[kon-ven-tik-yuh-ler] /ˌkɒn vɛnˈtɪk yə lər/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for conventicler

conventicle

/kənˈvɛntɪkəl/
noun
1.
a secret or unauthorized assembly for worship
2.
a small meeting house or chapel for a religious assembly, esp of Nonconformists or Dissenters
Derived Forms
conventicler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin conventiculum a meeting, from conventus; see convent
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Word Origin and History for conventicler

conventicle

n.

from Latin conventiculum "a small assembly," diminutive of conventus (see convent).

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