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1. A religious meeting, especially a secret or illegal one, such as those held by Dissenters in England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries.
2. The place where such a meeting is held.

[Middle English, from Latin conventiculum, meeting, diminutive of conventus, assembly; see convent.]

con·ven′ti·cler n.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a secret or unauthorized assembly for worship
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a small meeting house or chapel for a religious assembly, esp of Nonconformists or Dissenters
[C14: from Latin conventiculum a meeting, from conventus; see convent]
conˈventicler n


(kənˈvɛn tɪ kəl)

1. a secret or unauthorized meeting, esp. for religious worship.
2. a place of meeting or assembly, esp. a Nonconformist meeting house.
3. a meeting or assembly.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin conventiculum a small assembly. See convent, -i-, -cle1]
con•ven′ti•cler, n.
con•ven•tic•u•lar (ˌkɒn vɛnˈtɪk yə lər) adj.


 a small or private assembly, 1382; a meeting for religious worship, 1649; a clandestine or irregular meeting. See also conciliable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conventicle - a secret unauthorized meeting for religious worship
get together, meeting - a small informal social gathering; "there was an informal meeting in my living room"
2.conventicle - a building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers)conventicle - a building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers)
house of God, house of prayer, house of worship, place of worship - any building where congregations gather for prayer
References in classic literature ?
And therefore, whensoever it cometh to that pass, that one saith, Ecce in deserto, another saith, Ecce in penetralibus; that is, when some men seek Christ, in the conventicles of heretics, and others, in an outward face of a church, that voice had need continually to sound in men's ears, Nolite exire, - Go not out.
In the son, individualist by temperament, once the science of colleges had replaced thoroughly the faith of conventicles, this moral attitude translated itself into a frenzied puritanism of ambition.
He said they had been far too kindly treated and that if he had his way he would make a law that "whoever was found at a conventicle should be banished the nation and the preacher be hanged.
getting out the name of the obnoxious conventicle with some reluctance, and laying a spiteful emphasis upon the words.
For the first week, whenever I looked out on the pond it impressed me like a tarn high up on the side of a mountain, its bottom far above the surface of other lakes, and, as the sun arose, I saw it throwing off its nightly clothing of mist, and here and there, by degrees, its soft ripples or its smooth reflecting surface was revealed, while the mists, like ghosts, were stealthily withdrawing in every direction into the woods, as at the breaking up of some nocturnal conventicle.
The Problem of Conventicles in Early German Pietism, Jonathan Strom, Emory University
At the beginning of the seventeenth century, the magistracy circulated a pamphlet warning people sympathetic to the Roman Catholic religion against the holding of "hidden conventicles and meetings for the practice of the popish religion.
Whether bringing in this superior Christianity by force or waiting for it patiently in covert conventicles, the radicals thought they were rerooting it even if the growing season was short.
He preached at various conventicles, including one at Skeoch lasting three days with 1,000 participants.
All these minorities were eventually granted "toleration" through various acts, decrees, conventicles, or edicts.
9) This was a time of revival led by itinerant preachers and evangelists who traveled the German lands, and of renewal of the German established or state church from within by small groups or conventicles meeting privately for Bible study and devotions.