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dicastery

noun plural -ries
  1. RC Church another word for congregation (def. 5b)
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Word Origin

C19: from dicast
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Historical Examples

  • The largest and most important of the legal tribunals, the “dicastery” (par excellence), was known as the heliaea.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5

    Various

  • The general term for a tribunal is δικαστήριον (from δικάζω), Anglicized “dicastery.”