consistory

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noun con·sis·to·ry \kən-ˈsi-st(ə-)rē\

Definition of consistory

plural

consistories

  1. 1 :  a solemn assembly :  council

  2. 2 :  a church tribunal or governing body: such asa :  a solemn meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals convoked and presided over by the popeb :  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 32nd inclusive; also :  a meeting of such an organization

consistorial

play \ˌkän-si-ˈstȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology 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


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