noun Etymology: Middle English sinod, from Late Latin synodus, from Late Greek synodos, from Greek, meeting, assembly, from syn- + hodos way, journey Date: 14th century 1. an ecclesiastical governing or advisory council: as a. an assembly of bishops in the Roman Catholic Church b. the governing assembly of an Episcopal province c. a Presbyterian governing body ranking between the presbytery and the general assembly d. a regional or national organization of Lutheran congregations 2. the ecclesiastical district governed by a synod • synodal adjective

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  • Synod — • A general term for ecclesiastical gatherings under hierarchical authority, for the discussion and decision of matters relating to faith, morals, or discipline. It corresponds to the Latin word concilium Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Synod — Syn od (s[i^]n [u^]d), n. [L. synodus, Gr. sy nodos a meeting; sy n with + odo s a way; cf. AS. sino[eth], seno[eth], F. synode, both from the Latin.] 1. (Eccl. Hist.) An ecclesiastic council or meeting to consult on church matters. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • synod — [sin′əd] n. [ME, altered (after LL) < OE sinoth < LL(Ec) synodus < LGr(Ec) synodos, church synod < Gr, a meeting, lit., a coming together < syn , together + hodos, way: see ODE1] 1. an ecclesiastical council; specif., a) R.C.Ch. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Synod — Synod, s. Synode 4) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Synod — Synod, der heilige, s. Synodus …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Synod — Synod, Heiliger, genauer Heiligster regierender S., die an der Spitze der russ. Kirche stehende Reichsbehörde, besteht aus den Metropoliten von Petersburg, Moskau und Kiew, einigen Eparchialbischöfen und dem Oberprokuror, einem Mann weltlichen… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • synod — index council (assembly), meeting (conference), session Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • synod — late 14c., ecclesiastical council, from L.L. synodus, from Gk. synodos assembly, meeting, conjunction of planets, from syn together + hodos a going, a way (see CEDE (Cf. cede)). Used by Presbyterians for assembly of ministers and other elders… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • synod — ► NOUN ▪ an assembly of the clergy (and sometimes also the laity) in a division of a Christian Church. DERIVATIVES synodal adjective. ORIGIN Greek sunodos meeting …   English terms dictionary

  • Synod — A synod historically is a council of a church, usually convened to decide an issue of doctrine, administration or application. In modern usage, the word often refers to the governing body of a particular church, whether its members are meeting or …   Wikipedia

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