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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
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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.
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.
A young couple from a nearby clay biggin stepped from a huddled group of men and women fervently singing old Scottish psalms at a Covenanters' conventicle.
The Quaker Act of 1660 challenged their refusal to swear oaths and the Conventicle Act of 1664 was designed to stop them meeting altogether.
Consecuentemente el rey Carlos II concluyo que los cuaqueros debian ser encarcelados y asi fue como, un dia de 1670, William Penn fue arrestado en Londres por violacion del Conventicle Act--que establecia que solo la Iglesia de Inglaterra estaba autorizada a predicar en publico (Knight, 1996, p.
Customers will be drawn to each conventicle by new industry and address in practising on the passions and credulity of the populace.
After ejection from his living at Mildenhall, Baylie set up a conventicle at Marlborough, where he died in 1663.
116) Corporation Act 1661 (Eng) (13 Charles II st 2 c 1); Quaker Act 1662 (Eng) (14 Charles II c 1); Conventicle Act 1664 (Eng) (16 Charles II c 4); Five Mile Act 1665 (Eng) (17 Charles II c 2); Conventicle Act 1670 (Eng) (22 Charles 11 c 1).
64) On April 29, 1632, an Independent conventicle was discovered in the house of a brewer's clerk in Black-Friars, and of the forty-two adherents arrested, twentyfour were imprisoned.