Definition of Conventicle

1. Noun. A secret unauthorized meeting for religious worship.

Generic synonyms: Get Together, Meeting

2. Noun. A building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers).

Definition of Conventicle

1. n. A small assembly or gathering; esp., a secret assembly.

Definition of Conventicle

1. Noun. a secret, unauthorized or illegal religious meeting ¹

2. Noun. the place where such a meeting is held ¹

3. Noun. a Quaker meetinghouse ¹

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Definition of Conventicle

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Literary usage of Conventicle

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1. Select Documents of English Constitutional History by George Burton Adams, Henry Morse Stephens (1906)
"First conventicle Act (1664, May 17. 16 Charles II. c. 4. 5 £./>. 516.) WHEREAS an act made in the five and thirtieth year of the reign of our late ..."

2. A Student's History of England, from the Earliest Times to 1885: From the by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1891)
"The conventicle Act. 1664.—Parliament was roused to proceed still farther in ... In May 1664 a conventicle Act was passed, by which any adult attending a ..."

3. A Students History of England from the Earliest Times to the Death of Queen by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1907)
"The conventicle Act. 1664.—Parliament was roused to proceed still farther in its course of intolerance. The Act of Uniformity had turned the Dissenting ..."

4. The Library of American Biography by Jared Sparks (1847)
"CHAPTER V. conventicle Act. — Penn arrested while preaching in the Street in ... The famous conventicle Act, which was passed in 1670, rendered penal all ..."

5. Documents Illustrative of English Church History by Henry Gee, William John Hardy (1896)
"THE SECOND conventicle ACT, AD 1670. 22 CHARLES II, CAP. 1. A conventicle Act was passed in 1664 ( 16 Charles II, cap. 4) to 1670. remain in force for three ..."

6. The History of England from the Restoration to the Death of William III by Richard Lodge (1910)
"In the same session, by way of reply to the king's scheme of toleration, the harsh conventicle act was passed. A conventicle was defined as a meeting for ..."

7. An Historical Introduction to the Marprelate Tracts: A Chapter in the by William Pierce (1908)
"A conventicle at Plumbers' Hall.—A number of the least tractable, though perhaps the most influential of the revolters, were divided out amongst the Bishops ..."

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