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Pronunciation:  kun'sisturee

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[n]  a church tribunal or governing body

CONSISTORY is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: court, judicature, tribunal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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.
  2. \Con*sis"to*ry\, a.
    Of the nature of, or pertaining to, a consistory. ``To hold
    consistory session.'' --Strype.