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Definition a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical business
  • The days seem over when Synods confined themselves to religion, and one of the clergymen made a speech about the matter.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • This detection gave many of our party disgust, who accordingly abandoned his cause, and occasion'd our more speedy discomfiture in the synod.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Gods and goddesses, All the whole synod of them!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Then came the prayer just received from the Synod—a prayer for the deliverance of Russia from hostile invasion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Thus Rosalind of many parts By heavenly synod was devis'd, Of many faces, eyes, and hearts, To have the touches dearest priz'd.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • His Diocesan Synod and Visitations were the mainsprings of the world to the one; Cambridge to the other.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Has he been examined by any synod or council?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The Synod's sent something to be put into the Church service, a prayer of thanks or something.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • This synod was held at Notre-Dame, and assembled for the first time on the 15th of June, 1811, under the presidency of Cardinal Fesch.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • No, from the Synod.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • All you gods, In general synod, take away her power; Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel, And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven, As low as to the fiends!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • No, Fathers, one might be carried along with you to the Flagellants, I dare say .... at the first opportunity I shall write to the Synod, and I shall take my son, Alexey, home.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Finally, the deputies returned abashed to their constituents, pronouncing the matter too weighty to be handled, except by a council of the churches, if, indeed, it might not require a general synod.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • But let us call to synod all the Blest, Through Heaven's wide bounds: from them I will not hide My judgements; how with mankind I proceed, As how with peccant Angels late they saw, And in their state, though firm, stood more confirmed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures;—he called the carpenter.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Of The Power Of Councells To Make The Scripture Law That which may seem to give the New Testament, in respect of those that have embraced Christian Doctrine, the force of Laws, in the times, and places of persecution, is the decrees they made amongst themselves in their Synods.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • For, since the mortal and intestine jars 'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us, It hath in solemn synods been decreed, Both by the Syracusians and ourselves, To admit no traffic to our adverse towns; Nay, more, If any born at Ephesus be seen At any Syracusian marts and fairs;— Again, if any Syracusian born Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies, His goods confiscate to the Duke's dispose; Unless a thousand marks be levied, To quit the penalty and to ransom him.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • The annual Synod of the Diocese of Johannesburg cannot be supposed to know too much about the mines.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • They prayed, as they always do, for peace from on high and for salvation, for the Holy Synod, and for the Tsar; they prayed, too, for the servants of God, Konstantin and Ekaterina, now plighting their troth.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The arrest of the Pope took place, as every one knows, on the night of the 5th to the 6th of July, 1809; on this occasion, M. Myriel was summoned by Napoleon to the synod of the bishops of France and Italy convened at Paris.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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