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noun, con·sis·to·ry \kən-ˈsis-t(ə-)rē\

Definition of consistory

plural consistories

  1. 1 :  a solemn assembly :  council

  2. 2 :  a church tribunal or governing body: as a :  a solemn meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals convoked and presided over by the pope b :  a church session in some Reformed churches

  3. 3 :  the organization that confers the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry usually from the 19th to the 32d inclusive; also :  a meeting of such an organization

consistorial play \ˌkän-si-ˈstōr-ē-əl, -ˈstȯr-\ adjective

Origin of consistory

Middle English consistorie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Late Latin; Medieval Latin consistorium church tribunal, from Late Latin, imperial council, from Latin consistere

First Known Use: 14th century

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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