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consistory


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Consistory  \Con*sis"to*ry\  (?  or  ?;  277)  n.;  pl  {Consistories}. 
  [L.  consistorium  a  place  of  assembly,  the  place  where  the 
  emperor's  council  met,  fr  consistere:  cf  F.  consistoire 
  It  consistorio  See  {Consist}.] 
  1.  Primarily,  a  place  of  standing  or  staying  together;  hence 
  any  solemn  assembly  or  council. 
 
  To  council  summons  all  his  mighty  peers,  Within 
  thick  clouds  and  dark  tenfold  involved,  A  gloomy 
  consistory.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  (Eng.  Ch.)  The  spiritual  court  of  a  diocesan  bishop  held 
  before  his  chancellor  or  commissioner  in  his  cathedral 
  church  or  elsewhere.  --Hook. 
 
  3.  (R.  C.  Ch.)  An  assembly  of  prelates;  a  session  of  the 
  college  of  cardinals  at  Rome. 
 
  Pius  was  then  hearing  of  causes  in  consistory. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  A  church  tribunal  or  governing  body. 
 
  Note:  In  some  churches,  as  the  Dutch  Reformed  in  America,  a 
  consistory  is  composed  of  the  minister  and  elders  of  an 
  individual  church,  corresponding  to  a  Presbyterian 
  church  session,  and  in  others  as  the  Reformed  church 
  in  France,  it  is  composed  of  ministers  and  elders, 
  corresponding  to  a  presbytery.  In  some  Lutheran 
  countries  it  is  a  body  of  clerical  and  lay  officers 
  appointed  by  the  sovereign  to  superintend 
  ecclesiastical  affairs. 
 
  5.  A  civil  court  of  justice.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Consistory  \Con*sis"to*ry\,  a. 
  Of  the  nature  of  or  pertaining  to  a  consistory.  ``To  hold 
  consistory  session.''  --Strype. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  consistory 
  n  :  a  church  tribunal  or  governing  body 




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