Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com an assembly of ecclesiastics or other church delegates, convoked pursuant to the law of the church, for the discussion and decision of ecclesiastical affairs; ecclesiastical council. any council. Origin of synod 1350–1400; Middle English
meeting, equivalent to
Related forms syn·od·al, adjective an·ti·syn·od, adjective sub·syn·od, noun sub·syn·od·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for synod a local or special ecclesiastical council, esp of a diocese, formally convened to discuss ecclesiastical affairs Derived Forms synodal or rare synodical, adjective Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin
synodus, from Greek sunodos, from syn- + hodos a way
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Word Origin and History for synod n.
late 14c., "ecclesiastical council," from Late Latin
synodus, from Greek synodos "assembly, meeting, conjunction of planets," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + hodos "a going, a way" (see cede). Used by Presbyterians for "assembly of ministers and other elders" from 1593 to c.1920, when replaced by General Council.
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