Conventicle

Con*ven"ti*cle

(?), n. [L. conventiculum, dim. of conventus: cf. F. conventicule. See Convent, n.] 1. A small assembly or gathering; esp., a secret assembly.
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They are commanded to abstain from all conventicles of men whatsoever.
Ayliffe.
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2. An assembly for religious worship; esp., such an assembly held privately, as in times of persecution, by Nonconformists or Dissenters in England, or by Covenanters in Scotland; -- often used opprobriously, as if those assembled were heretics or schismatics.
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The first Christians could never have had recourse to nocturnal or clandestine conventicles till driven to them by the violence of persecution.
Hammond.
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A sort of men who . . . attend its [the curch of England's] service in the morning, and go with their wives to a conventicle in the afternoon.
Swift.
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