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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.]
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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]
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con•ven•ti•cle(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.
con•ven•tic•u•lar (ˌkɒn vɛnˈtɪk yə lər) adj.
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Conventiclea small or private assembly, 1382; a meeting for religious worship, 1649; a clandestine or irregular meeting. See also conciliable.
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|Noun||1.||conventicle - a secret unauthorized meeting for religious worship|
|2.||conventicle - a building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers)|
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