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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Most of the protesters belonged to the United Church of Christ, which is holding its general synod in Milwaukee. Maria Perez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hundreds of religious groups members protest Trump immigration policies in Milwaukee," 24 June 2019 Meanwhile, Lutheran synods and congregations are grappling with their role after the declaration amid heated immigration politics. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Florida congregations of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to determine what ‘sanctuary’ means," 13 Sep. 2019 The synod signed the order to depose Formosus, and then condemned him and revoked all his appointments, so that all clerics ordained by him were forced to repeat the appointment process all over again. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 The trial was convened as a synod with all the cardinals, bishops, and other ecclesiastical dignitaries in full attendance. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 Davenport serves as the synod’s director of evangelical mission and as an assistant to the bishop. Kristin E. Holmes,, "S.E. Pa. Lutheran Synod elects first African American woman as bishop in denomination history," 7 May 2018 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

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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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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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