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close communion

[klohs] /kloʊs/
noun, Ecclesiastical.
1.
a communion service in which only members of the same denomination or the same church can participate.
Origin of close communion
1815-1825
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25
Related forms
close communionist, noun
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  • I think Norton is still in close communion with the elements.

  • It is our habit to dwell in close communion and it is sad to break the chain.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • Again, something ignited in their eyes—they felt their close communion.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • And is that what is meant by the close communion of the Baptists?

    Dorothy Page Eldridge B. Hatcher
  • All the old spontaneity, the close communion of mind with mind was gone.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
  • I have been living in close communion with her for the last three years.

    The Life of the Spider J. Henri Fabre
  • Their inaccessible peaks and eternal snows repel every disposition to close communion.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • Yet they live in close communion; And for that, in my opinion, They deserve some commendation; But will 't be of long duration?

    Plish and Plum Wilhelm Busch
  • Hugh left the room to write letters, leaving them to that close communion which is never perfect with a third person present.

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • They attack us about our close communion and thus compel us to state our views as to the communion.

    Dorothy Page Eldridge B. Hatcher

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