syn·​od | \ ˈsi-nəd How to pronounce synod (audio) also -ˌnäd \

Definition of synod

1 : an ecclesiastical governing or advisory council: such as
a : an assembly of bishops in the Roman Catholic Church
b : the governing assembly of an Episcopal province
c : a Presbyterian governing body ranking between the presbytery and the general assembly
d : a regional or national organization of Lutheran congregations
2 : the ecclesiastical district governed by a synod

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Other Words from synod

synodal \ ˈsi-​nə-​dᵊl , -​ˌnä-​ ; sə-​ˈnä-​dᵊl How to pronounce synodal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of synod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This media obsession still upsets Francis, who feels that the Amazonian issues at the synod — the devastation of the rainforests and Indigenous peoples and their cultures — did not get adequate coverage. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Commentary: Pope Francis’ new papal encyclical could be derailed by its seemingly sexist title," 8 Sep. 2020 Erickson said the synod is relying on the most recent science available to make decisions. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee faith leaders reconsider every element of the religious experience as they make plans to reopen facilities," 15 June 2020 The decision was a surprise given the change in the way the pope has conducted these Vatican gatherings, known as synods. NBC News, "Pope Francis stops short of allowing married men to become priests in Amazon," 12 Feb. 2020 After the synod approved the measure, which would allow married priests, many Catholics expected the Pope to follow suit. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Pope rejects a proposal to allow married priests in the Amazon," 12 Feb. 2020 Minutes from the synod’s Board of Directors meeting in November revealed that Concordia defaulted on certain bond covenants with Key Bank and with the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. oregonlive, "Did Concordia get shut down because it was too progressive on gay rights?," 14 Feb. 2020 The drumbeat of discord around this synod, however, is not just coming from conservatives. Delia Gallagher, CNN, "Catholic leaders are meeting to debate big changes. Here's what you need to know about the Vatican's 'Amazon synod'," 4 Oct. 2019 The Vatican invited 184 bishops and priest from the Amazon region and around the world for the special meeting known as a synod. Amir Vera, CNN, "Catholic leaders approve proposal that would allow some married men in the Amazon to be ordained as priests," 26 Oct. 2019 Participants in the Amazon synod attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the occasion of the World Missionary Day, at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thieves steal Amazon fertility statues as synod nears end," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of synod

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synod

Middle English sinod, from Late Latin synodus, from Late Greek synodos, from Greek, meeting, assembly, from syn- + hodos way, journey

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“Synod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of synod

: a formal meeting of church leaders
: a group of church leaders who are in charge of making decisions and laws related to the church

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