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Definition a confidential or secret meeting

In the Roman Catholic Church, conclave has specialized meanings:  when the cardinals meet to select a Pope; or the room in which they meet
  • They held a secret conclave in Amsterdam.
conclave = a confidential or secret meeting
  • They assembled a conclave of cardinals to select the next Pope.
  • Conclaves are held by candlelight.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • conclaves = confidential or secret meeting
  • "The conclave's breaking at last.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The boy, and his stricken and bruised conclave of monsters, his felt but half-seen crowd, fell to earth.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Every mere council of appointment, however constituted, will be a conclave, in which cabal and intrigue will have their full scope.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • They looked like kobolds from some magic mine—gnomes of the hills in conclave.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • I was but two-andforty when the Conclave called me.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The whole conclave except these two was unanimous.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Sedgwick selected a Friday in January for the conclave to meet in his Bluffton office.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I think we should summon Miss Brent to join our conclave.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "Answer me not," said the Templar, "by urging the difference of our creeds; within our secret conclaves we hold these nursery tales in derision.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • In this conclave of young heads, there was one bald member.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Chapter 37 — CONCLAVE OF KINGS.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • But he sat down right next to me, between me and Jeb, crossing his legs and setting the food tray in the middle of our little conclave.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • And once more in mine arms I bid him welcome, And thank the holy conclave for their loves.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • An unprecedented liberal, His Holiness had secured the papacy through one of the most controversial and unusual conclaves in Vatican history.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Alec, last night, when the Silent Brothers called for your help, where was the Conclave?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • "Ay, sure, shepherd," said the conclave.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The voices of the Ents were still rising and falling in their conclave.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers

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