Synod meaning

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A council or an assembly of church officials or churches; an ecclesiastical council.
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A council or an assembly.
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An ecclesiastical council.
  • A regional or international meeting of bishops; also, a meeting of diocesan priests, the diocesan bishop presiding.
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A high governing body in certain Christian churches.
  • A Presbyterian governing body ranking between the general assembly and presbytery.
  • A national or district organization of Lutheran or certain other Protestant churches.
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A district governed or represented by a Protestant synod.
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Any assembly or council.
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An ecclesiastic council or meeting to consult on church matters.
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An administrative division of churches, either the entire denomination, as in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, or a mid-level division (middle judicatory, district) as in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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(astronomy) A conjunction of two or more of the heavenly bodies.

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Origin of synod

  • Middle English from Latin synodus from Greek sunodos meeting, assembly sun- syn- hodos way, course

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

  • Ancient Greek σύνοδος (sunodos, “assembly, meeting"), from σύν (sun, “with") (English syn-) + ὁδός (hodos, “way, path").

    From Wiktionary