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1. A council or an assembly of church officials or churches; an ecclesiastical council.
2. A council or an assembly.

[Middle English, from Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, meeting, assembly : sun-, syn- + hodos, way, course.]

syn′od·al (sĭn′ə-dl) adj.


(ˈsɪnəd; ˈsɪnɒd)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a local or special ecclesiastical council, esp of a diocese, formally convened to discuss ecclesiastical affairs
[C14: from Late Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, from syn- + hodos a way]
ˈsynodal, synˈodical adj


(ˈsɪn əd)

1. an assembly of ecclesiastics or other church delegates that discusses and decides upon church affairs; ecclesiastical council.
2. any council.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin synodus < Greek sýnodos meeting =syn- syn- + hodós way]
syn′od•al, adj.


 an assembly of the clergy; of ministers or elders.
Examples: synod of greedy caterpillars, 1580; of cooks, 1763; of peers, 1849; of prelates; of all sweets, 1649.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.synod - a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical businesssynod - a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical business
council - a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council"


[ˈsɪnəd] Nsínodo m


[ˈsɪnəd] nsynode m


nSynode f


[ˈsɪnəd] nsinodo
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When they prayed for the Imperial family and the Synod, she bowed very low and made the sign of the cross, saying to herself that even if she did not understand, still she could not doubt, and at any rate loved the governing Synod and prayed for it.
But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures; --he called the carpenter.
A synod was convened; that is to say, an assemblage of all the ministers in Massachusetts.
They prayed, as they always do, for peace from on high and for salvation, for the Holy Synod, and for the Tsar; they prayed, too, for the servants of God, Konstantin and Ekaterina, now plighting their troth.
His Diocesan Synod and Visitations were the mainsprings of the world to the one; Cambridge to the other.
Finally, the deputies returned abashed to their constituents, pronouncing the matter too weighty to be handled, except by a council of the churches, if, indeed, it might not require a general synod.
Well have ye judg'd, well ended long debate, Synod of Gods, and like to what ye are, Great things resolv'd; which from the lowest deep Will once more lift us up, in spight of Fate, Neerer our ancient Seat; perhaps in view Of those bright confines, whence with neighbouring Arms And opportune excursion we may chance Re-enter Heav'n; or else in some milde Zone Dwell not unvisited of Heav'ns fair Light Secure, and at the brightning Orient beam Purge off this gloom; the soft delicious Air, To heal the scarr of these corrosive Fires Shall breath her balme.
By the time a fourth waiter had joined this hurried synod, Mr.
While I was among them, they never held any synods or councils to settle the principles of their faith by agitating them.
Appealing to conservative Anglicans not to reject their bishop (the synod had included a motion for a visiting bishop to attend to the pastoral needs of "dissenting" parishes), Dr.
Voting members of the synod are 32 clerics named by Benedict, 180 bishops who were elected by their national bishops' conferences, 10 priests elected by the Union of Superiors General, and about two dozen cardinals and archbishops who head up Vatican congregations and councils and automatically are members of the synod.
Members of General Synod took a step toward changes in the governance and structure of the Anglican Church of Canada by approving a motion allowing the primate, after consultation with the house of bishops, to begin discussion with the provinces and dioceses about the "possible reform" of the church's provincial and diocesan organization and structures.