syn·​a·​gogue | \ ˈsi-nə-ˌgäg How to pronounce synagogue (audio) \
variants: or less commonly synagog

Definition of synagogue

1 : a Jewish congregation
2 : the house of worship and communal center of a Jewish congregation

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synagogal \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˈgä-​gəl How to pronounce synagogal (audio) \ adjective

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Duluth fire Chief Shawn Krizaj says the blaze started outside the synagogue and spread into the building. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 The blaze started in a shed outside the synagogue and spread into the building early Monday, Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said. Washington Post, "Governor calls for ban on flavored e-cigarettes," 16 Sep. 2019 The blaze started in a shed outside the synagogue and spread into the building early Monday, Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said. Fox News, "Duluth synagogue fire was act of arson by 1 person, apparently not hate crime: police," 16 Sep. 2019 In the Gospel from Luke Jesus is teaching in the synagogue where a crippled woman who could not stand up straight appears. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: St. Paul’s Episcopal has a new rector," 15 Sep. 2019 The latest violent attack took place over Labor Day weekend, when an assailant hit a third Orthodox Jewish man with a belt outside a synagogue on Saturday night. Robert Cherry, National Review, "The Hate-Crime Spike in New York City Has Nothing to Do with White Supremacy," 9 Sep. 2019 Youngstown is also about 65 miles north of Pittsburgh, where a gunman targeted and killed 11 worshipers in a synagogue last October. Dakin Andone, CNN, "A man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a shooting at a Jewish community center in Ohio," 18 Aug. 2019 Together, the gunmen took the lives of 52, 51 of those in the two New Zealand mosques and one in the synagogue. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 6 Aug. 2019 The 19-year-old nursing student alleged to have opened fire in a San Diego-area synagogue in April cited, among a litany of anti-Semitic conspiracies, the role of Jews in promoting feminism. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of synagogue

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synagogue

Middle English synagoge, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin synagoga, from Greek synagōgē assembly, synagogue, from synagein to bring together, from syn- + agein to lead — more at agent

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The first known use of synagogue was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of synagogue

: a building that is used for Jewish religious services


variants: also synagog \ ˈsi-​nə-​ˌgäg \

Kids Definition of synagogue

: a Jewish house of worship

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