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close communion

[klohs] /kloʊs/
noun, Ecclesiastical.
a communion service in which only members of the same denomination or the same church can participate.
Origin of close communion
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25
Related forms
close communionist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His extremes in physiognomy, dress, government and religion are brought into close communion.

  • I think Norton is still in close communion with the elements.

  • The fibres of ancestry must first knit the living into close communion with their parents born on these Western shores.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • It is our habit to dwell in close communion and it is sad to break the chain.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • 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
  • And is that what is meant by the close communion of the Baptists?

    Dorothy Page Eldridge B. Hatcher
  • The influence of a peculiar mind, in close communion with another, to drive the latter to insanity.

  • I have been living in close communion with her for the last three years.

    The Life of the Spider J. Henri Fabre
  • Perhaps this rebuff placed the master and pupil once more in the close communion of old.

    Selected Stories Bret Harte
  • 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

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