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con·gre·ga·tion

 (kŏng′grĭ-gā′shən)
n.
1. The act of assembling.
2. A body of assembled people or things; a gathering.
3.
a. A group of people gathered for religious worship.
b. The members of a specific religious group who regularly worship at a church or synagogue.
4. Roman Catholic Church
a. A religious institute in which only simple vows, not solemn vows, are taken.
b. A division of the Curia.

congregation

(ˌkɒŋɡrɪˈɡeɪʃən)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a group of persons gathered for worship, prayer, etc, esp in a church or chapel
2. the act of congregating or collecting together
3. a group of people, objects, etc, collected together; assemblage
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the group of persons habitually attending a given church, chapel, etc
5. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church
a. a society of persons who follow a common rule of life but who are bound only by simple vows
b. Also called: dicastery an administrative subdivision of the papal curia
c. an administrative committee of bishops for arranging the business of a general council
6. (Education) chiefly Brit an assembly of senior members of a university

con•gre•ga•tion

(ˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. an assembly of people brought together or regularly meeting together for common religious worship.
2. the act of congregating or the state of being congregated.
3. a gathered or assembled body; assemblage.
4. an organization for providing church services; a local church society.
5. (in the Old Testament) the people of Israel.
6. (in the New Testament) the Christian Church.
7. (in Roman Catholicism)
a. a committee of cardinals or other ecclesiastics.
b. a community of men or women, either with or without vows, observing a common rule.
[1300–50; < Anglo-French < Latin]

Congregation

 an assembly of persons or things; a group of religious persons under a common rule; the Christian Church collectively; those attending a religious service. See also community, confession.
Examples: congregation of holy apostles, 1526; of gaseous atoms, 1883; of birds; of cardinals; of elves, 1809; of fish, 1865; of goods; of hypocrites, 1611; of holy maidens; of monasteries [e.g., Congregation of Cluny]; of oyster and scallop shells, 1717; of people, 1486; of plovers, 1430; of princes, 1539; of fine qualities, 1878; of saints, 1535; of soldiers, 1598; of vapour, 1602; of water, 1526; of winds; of worshippers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.congregation - a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given churchcongregation - a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church
social group - people sharing some social relation
flock - a church congregation guided by a pastor
denomination - a group of religious congregations having its own organization and a distinctive faith
2.congregation - an assemblage of people or animals or things collected together; "a congregation of children pleaded for his autograph"; "a great congregation of birds flew over"
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
3.congregation - the act of congregating
gathering, assemblage, assembly - the social act of assembling; "they demanded the right of assembly"

congregation

noun parishioners, host, brethren, crowd, assembly, parish, flock, fellowship, multitude, throng, laity Most members of the congregation arrive a few minutes before the service.

congregation

noun
A number of persons who have come or been gathered together:
Informal: get-together.
Translations
مَجْمَع، جَماعَةُ المُصَلّين
kongregaceshromáždění
forsamlingmenighed
gyülekezet
mann-/kirkjusöfnuîur
kongregácia

congregation

[ˌkɒŋgrɪˈgeɪʃən] N
1. (Rel) → fieles mpl, feligreses mpl
2. (= assembly) → reunión f

congregation

[ˌkɒŋgrɪˈgeɪʃən] nassemblée f (des fidèles)

congregation

n
Versammlung f; (not planned) → Ansammlung f; (= people in cities etc)Zusammenballung f
(Eccl) → Gemeinde f; (of cardinals)Kongregation f

congregation

[ˌkɒŋgrɪˈgeɪʃn] n (worshippers) → assemblea (dei fedeli); (parishioners) → parrocchiani mpl, congregazione f

congregate

(ˈkoŋgrigeit) verb
to come or bring together. A large crowd congregated in the street.
ˌcongreˈgation noun
a group gathered together, especially people in a church for a service, or belonging to a church. The minister visited all the members of his congregation.
References in classic literature ?
We should picture to ourselves congregations of persons for the most part grossly ignorant, of unquestioning though very superficial faith, and of emotions easily aroused to fever heat.
In his journeyings among country congregations he was constantly in the habit of meeting young members who had "experienced religion" and joined the church when nine or ten years old.
Let me only add, that you will have opportunities of seeing and hearing this popular preacher, when circumstances permit him to address congregations in the large towns.
Bax's congregations were mainly composed of women, and he was used to assigning them their duties in his innocent clerical campaigns).
Before the war of the Revolution, the English Church was supported in the colonies, with much interest, by some of its adherents in the mother country, and a few of the congregations were very amply endowed.
But he was still left alone in it when the congregation had assembled.
Entering, I found a small scattered congregation of sailors, and sailors' wives and widows.
The Holy Deacon did so, and putting the money into his pocket waited till the congregation was dismissed and said goodnight.
The congregation being fully assembled, now, the bell rang once more, to warn laggards and stragglers, and then a solemn hush fell upon the church which was only broken by the tittering and whispering of the choir in the gallery.
Hooper into the meeting-house, and set all the congregation astir.
And then a whisper ran through the whole congregation, "Who is she?
The square tower, beneath which she knew that at that moment the Vicar and his congregation were gathered, had a severe look in her eyes.

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