Consistory definition

kən-sĭstə-rē
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The meeting of a consistory.
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A council; a tribunal.
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(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.
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A governing body of a local congregation in certain Reformed churches.
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A court appointed to regulate ecclesiastical affairs in Lutheran state churches.
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An Anglican diocesan court presided over by a bishop's chancellor or commissary.
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(obs.) A meeting place for a council or court.
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The meeting of a council.
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A church council or court, as the papal senate or a council of deacons.
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A session of such a body.
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Primarily, a place of standing or staying together; hence, any solemn assembly or council.
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The spiritual court of a diocesan bishop held before his chancellor or commissioner in his cathedral church or elsewhere.

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An assembly of prelates; a session of the college of cardinals at Rome.
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A church tribunal or governing body, especially of elders in a Reformed church.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
consistory
Plural:
consistories

Origin of consistory

  • Middle English consistorie from Old French from Latin cōnsistōrium place of assembly from cōnsistere to stand together consist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old Northern French consistorie (“secular tribunal”) (Old French consistoire), and Late Latin consistorium (“waiting room, meeting place of the imperial council”). Meaning "Church council" is from early 14th century.

    From Wiktionary