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English Dictionary: synod by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
synod
n
  1. a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical business
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Synod \Syn"od\ (s[icr]n"[ucr]d), n. [L. synodus, Gr. sy`nodos a
      meeting; sy`n with + "odo`s a way; cf. AS. sino[edh],
      seno[edh], F. synode, both from the Latin.]
      1. (Eccl. Hist.) An ecclesiastic council or meeting to
            consult on church matters.
  
      Note: Synods are of four kinds: 1. General, or ecumenical,
               which are composed of bishops from different nations;
               -- commonly called general council. 2. National,
               composed of bishops of one nation only. 3. Provincial,
               in which the bishops of only one province meet; --
               called also convocations. 4. Diocesan, a synod in which
               the bishop of the diocese or his representative
               presides. Among Presbyterians, a synod is composed of
               several adjoining presbyteries. The members are the
               ministers and a ruling elder from each parish.
  
      2. An assembly or council having civil authority; a
            legislative body.
  
                     It hath in solemn synods been decreed, Both by the
                     Syracusians and ourselves, To admit no traffic to
                     our adverse towns.                              --Shak.
  
                     Parent of gods and men, propitious Jove! And you,
                     bright synod of the powers above.      --Dryden.
  
      3. (Astron.) A conjunction of two or more of the heavenly
            bodies. [R.] --Milton.
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