Word Origin 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 synodal 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 for synod
C14: from Late Latin
synodus, from Greek sunodos, from syn- + hodos a way
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Word Origin and History for synodal 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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