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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.
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(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
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(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.
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 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.
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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"
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[ˈsɪnəd] Nsínodo m
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[ˈsɪnəd] nsynode m
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nSynode f
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[ˈsɪnəd] nsinodo
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References in classic literature ?
While I was among them, they never held any synods or councils to settle the principles of their faith by agitating them.
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.
Thus, as the gods creep on with feet of wool, Long ere with iron hands they punish men, So shall our sleeping vengeance now arise, And smite with death thy hated enterprise.-- Lord Cardinals of France and Padua, Go forthwith to our holy consistory, And read, amongst the statutes decretal, What, by the holy council held at Trent, The sacred synod hath decreed for him That doth assume the Papal government Without election and a true consent: Away, and bring us word with speed.
First, may it please your sacred Holiness To view the sentence of the reverend synod Concerning Bruno and the Emperor?
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.
A number of synod delegates reported that at synods in the past, curial cardinals would go around telling the bishops what topics could not be discussed.