[kuh n-ven-ti-kuh l]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for conventicle
The informers were the natural but most accursed products of the Conventicle Acts.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
You can't go into a conventicle but you'll hear plenty of talk of backsliding.The Crown of Wild Olive
He was one of the first sufferers by the passing of the Conventicle Act, in 1670.
The soldiers were advancing in full view of the conventicle.Highways and Byways in The Border
The throwster's shop-theatre was, in his eyes, a sort of conventicle.
- a secret or unauthorized assembly for worship
- a small meeting house or chapel for a religious assembly, esp of Nonconformists or Dissenters
C14: from Latin conventiculum a meeting, from conventus; see convent
Word Origin and History for conventicle
from Latin conventiculum "a small assembly," diminutive of conventus (see convent).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper