synod

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

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

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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary-general of the synod, didn’t respond to a request for comment. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Sex Abuse Looms Over Planned Vatican Meeting," 6 Sep. 2018 Another split between developed and developing countries at this month’s synod emerged in the debate over the church’s approach to gay people. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Decries ‘Persecution’ of Catholic Church Through Accusations," 27 Oct. 2018 In the past, synods have been talkfests by churchmen who made nonbinding proposals to the pope to consider in a future document. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope gives bishops more decision-making options," 18 Sep. 2018 On Tuesday, the Vatican released the details of the upcoming bishops' synod, or meeting, the third in a series of major global gatherings about the family. Michelle Boorstein, chicagotribune.com, "For what's believed to be the first time, the Vatican uses the term 'LGBT' in official document," 20 June 2018 The Vatican tightly controls the agenda at synods, restricting opportunities for spontaneous interventions by bishops. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Sex Abuse Looms Over Planned Vatican Meeting," 6 Sep. 2018 On Tuesday, the Vatican released the details of the bishops’ synod, or meeting, the third in major global gatherings about the family. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "For what’s believed to be the first time, the Vatican uses the term ‘LGBT’ in official document," 20 June 2018 On Tuesday, the Vatican released details of the upcoming bishops’ synod, the third in a series of major global gatherings about the family. Michelle Boorstein, BostonGlobe.com, "For the first time, Vatican uses the term LGBT in an official document," 21 June 2018 She was ordained in 2001, worked in clergy development for the synod, and founded Yeadon’s Spirit and Truth Worship Center congregation in 2006. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "Lutheran minister from Philly overcame misgivings to make history as first black female bishop," 23 May 2018

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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

noun

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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