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holy synod

noun, Eastern Church.
the governing council of an autocephalous church, composed of bishops and presided over by the patriarch or another prelate.
Origin of holy synod
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Procurator of the holy synod called to see him at noon to inquire of him personally, and ascertain what he had seen.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • The czar appointed his former tutor as Procurator of the holy synod.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • The holy synod gave the desired permission the next year, and appointed Nicolai its first missionary.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • "Our traditions are against your understandings," replied the holy synod.

  • The holy synod is made up of metropolitans, archbishops, a procurator-general and secretaries.

    Artist and Model Ren de Pont-Jest
  • This Tsar, being full of anger against the holy synod, had driven away the man at the head of it.

    The Kaiser's Memoirs William II, German Emperor
  • The holy synod remains the highest ecclesiastical authority.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • He, as well as his people, is subject in religious matters to the ecclesiastical authority of the holy synod.

    Artist and Model Ren de Pont-Jest
  • Even Stolypin had been impressed by him, though the holy synod had declared him to be a fraud.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • He would only receive five delegates, who read their document in a plenary sitting of the holy synod.

British Dictionary definitions for holy synod

holy synod

the governing body of any of the Orthodox Churches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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