Conventicle meaning

kən-vĕn'tĭ-kəl
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.
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The place where such a meeting is held.
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A religious assembly held illegally and secretly by certain Protestant sects that disputed the authority of the Church of England in the 16th and 17th cent.
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The meeting place of such an assembly.
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The place where such a meeting is held.
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Origin of conventicle

  • Middle English from Latin conventiculum meeting diminutive of conventus assembly convent
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition