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[sin-uh d] /ˈsɪn əd/
an assembly of ecclesiastics or other church delegates, convoked pursuant to the law of the church, for the discussion and decision of ecclesiastical affairs; ecclesiastical council.
any council.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin synodus < Greek sýnodos meeting, equivalent to syn- syn- + (h)odós way
Related forms
synodal, adjective
antisynod, adjective
subsynod, noun
subsynodal, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for synod


/ˈsɪnəd; ˈsɪnɒd/
a local or special ecclesiastical council, esp of a diocese, formally convened to discuss ecclesiastical affairs
Derived Forms
synodal, (rare) synodical, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, from syn- + hodos a way
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Word Origin and History for synod

late 14c., "ecclesiastical council," from Late Latin synodus, from Greek synodos "assembly, meeting, conjunction of planets," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + hodos "a going, a way" (see cede). Used by Presbyterians for "assembly of ministers and other elders" from 1593 to c.1920, when replaced by General Council.

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Encyclopedia Article for synod

(from Greek synodos, "assembly"), in the Christian church, a local or provincial assembly of bishops and other church officials meeting to resolve questions of discipline or administration.

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