conventicle

[kuh n-ven-ti-kuh l]
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noun

a secret or unauthorized meeting, especially for religious worship, as those held by Protestant dissenters in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.
a place of meeting or assembly, especially a Nonconformist meeting house.
Obsolete. a meeting or assembly.

Origin of conventicle

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin conventiculum a small assembly. See convent, -i-, -cle1
Related formscon·ven·ti·cler, nouncon·ven·tic·u·lar [kon-ven-tik-yuh-ler] /ˌkɒn vɛnˈtɪk yə lər/, adjective
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conventicle

noun

a secret or unauthorized assembly for worship
a small meeting house or chapel for a religious assembly, esp of Nonconformists or Dissenters
Derived Formsconventicler, noun

Word Origin for conventicle

C14: from Latin conventiculum a meeting, from conventus; see convent
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Word Origin and History for conventicle
n.

from Latin conventiculum "a small assembly," diminutive of conventus (see convent).

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