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Din dicționarul The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Conventicle \Con*ven"ti*cle\, n. [L. conventiculum, dim. of
     conventus: cf. F. conventicule. See Convent, n.]
     1. A small assembly or gathering; esp., a secret assembly.
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              They are commanded to abstain from all conventicles
              of men whatsoever. --Ayliffe.
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     2. An assembly for religious worship; esp., such an assembly
        held privately, as in times of persecution, by
        Nonconformists or Dissenters in England, or by Covenanters
        in Scotland; -- often used opprobriously, as if those
        assembled were heretics or schismatics.
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              The first Christians could never have had recourse
              to nocturnal or clandestine conventicles till driven
              to them by the violence of persecution. --Hammond.
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              A sort of men who . . . attend its [the curch of
              England's] service in the morning, and go with their
              wives to a conventicle in the afternoon. --Swift.
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Din dicționarul WordNet (r) 2.0 :

  conventicle
       n 1: a secret unauthorized meeting for religious worship
       2: a building for religious assembly (especially
          Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers) [syn: meetinghouse]

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