Conventical prior. See Prior.

(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.

They are commanded to abstain from all conventicles of men whatsoever.

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.

The first Christians could never have had recourse to nocturnal or clandestine conventicles till driven to them by the violence of persecution.

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.

(Con*ven"ti*cler) n. One who supports or frequents conventicles. Dryden.

(Con*ven"ti*cling) a. Belonging or going to, or resembling, a conventicle. [Obs.]

Conventicling schools . . . set up and taught secretly by fanatics.

(Con*ven"tion) n. [L. conventio: cf. F. convention. See Convene, v. i.]

Conveniently to Converse

(Con*ven"ient*ly), adv. In a convenient manner, form, or situation; without difficulty.

(Con"vent) n. [L. conventus a meeting, LL. also, a convent. See Convene, v. i.]

1. A coming together; a meeting. [Obs.]

A usual ceremony at their [the witches] convents or meetings.
B. Jonson.

2. An association or community of recluses devoted to a religious life; a body of monks or nuns.

One of our convent, and his [the duke's] confessor.

3. A house occupied by a community of religious recluses; a monastery or nunnery.

One seldom finds in Italy a spot of ground more agreeable than ordinary that is not covered with a convent.

Syn. — Nunnery; monastery; abbey. See Cloister.

(Con*vent") v. i. [L. conventus, p. p. of convenire. See Convene, v. i.]

1. To meet together; to concur. [obs.] Beau. & Fl.

2. To be convenient; to serve. [Obs.]

When that is known and golden time convents.

(Con*vent") v. t. To call before a judge or judicature; to summon; to convene. [Obs.] Shak.

(Con*vent"ic*al) a. Of or from, or pertaining to, a convent. "Conventical wages." Sterne.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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