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n. pl. con·sis·to·ries
a. Roman Catholic Church An assembly of cardinals presided over by the pope for the solemn promulgation of papal acts, such as the canonization of a saint.
b. A governing body of a local congregation in certain Reformed churches.
c. A court appointed to regulate ecclesiastical affairs in Lutheran state churches.
d. An Anglican diocesan court presided over by a bishop's chancellor or commissary.
2. The meeting of a consistory.
3. A council; a tribunal.

[Middle English consistorie, from Old French, from Latin cōnsistōrium, place of assembly, from cōnsistere, to stand together; see consist.]

con′sis·to′ri·al (kŏn′sĭ-stôr′ē-əl) adj.


n, pl -ries
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Church of England
a. the court of a diocese (other than Canterbury) administering ecclesiastical law
b. the area in a church where the consistory meets
2. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church an assembly of the cardinals and the pope
3. (Protestantism) (in certain Reformed Churches) the governing body of a local congregation or church
4. archaic a council or assembly
[C14: from Old French consistorie, from Medieval Latin consistōrium ecclesiastical tribunal, ultimately from Latin consistere to stand still]
consistorial, ˌconsisˈtorian adj


(kənˈsɪs tə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. any of various ecclesiastical councils or tribunals.
2. the place where such a body meets.
3. the meeting of any such body.
4. a solemn assembly of Roman Catholic cardinals summoned and presided over by the pope.
5. a bishop's court in the Anglican Church for dealing with ecclesiastical and spiritual questions.
6. the local governing board of certain Reform churches.
7. any assembly or council.
8. Obs. a council chamber.
[1275–1325; Middle English consistorie < Anglo-French < Late Latin consistōrium meeting place]
con•sis•to•ri•al (ˌkɒn sɪˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-) con`sis•to′ri•an, adj.


 a solemn council; a court; an ecclesiastical senate. See also conclave.
Examples: consistory of bishops, of martyrs, 1641; of saints, 1641; of senators, 1660.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.consistory - a church tribunal or governing bodyconsistory - a church tribunal or governing body
court, judicature, tribunal - an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
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There were a great many bundles of papers on it, some endorsed as Allegations, and some (to my surprise) as Libels, and some as being in the Consistory Court, and some in the Arches Court, and some in the Prerogative Court, and some in the Admiralty Court, and some in the Delegates' Court; giving me occasion to wonder much, how many Courts there might be in the gross, and how long it would take to understand them all.
From the Consistory, from the Senate, from the University, from the Foundling Hospital, the Suffragan has sent.
We had to make sudden adjustments because all the Asian cardinals will have to attend the consistory," he said, including the FABC secretary general, Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India; Cardinal Gaudencio Borbon Rosales, papal envoy and archbishop emeritus of Manila; and Cardinal Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City.
St Mary's Church in Grassendale had to go to the Church of England's Consistory Court after two members of the congregation objected to the plan.
The vicar behind the mistake, Rev Nigel Carter, admitted the error but, with both parties refusing to back down, the mix-up went to a Consistory Court hearing last week.
Mr Simpson and his church wardens referred the matter to the Church of England Consistory Court where judge David McClean, Chancellor of the Diocese of Newcastle, ruled the stone can remain as a "tolerated illegality".
A CONSISTORY court rules over decisions involving churches and their grounds.
As Robert Kingdon recently commented regarding John Calvin's consistory in Geneva, "Discipline to these early Genevans meant more than social control.
Persons were called before Council and Consistory for not baptizing their children at all, for baptizing them in Catholic territory, for lying about children born out of wedlock, for not showing up for their child's baptismal service, for giving their children idolatrous or Catholic-sounding names, for not making their children attend catechism classes on Sundays, and for a host of other things.
In a ruling from the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Hereford, its chancellor, Roger Kaye QC, describes the situation as 'intolerable'.
The married 56-year-old dean could face a Consistory Court and if found guilty he can be admonished, removed from office or, in extreme cases, be deposed from holy orders -- ``unfrocked''.
I'm afraid the world little noted nor long remembered some of the pope's thoughts during February's consistory, which pinpointed what the appointment of cardinals is all about.