congregation

[Con`gre*ga┬Ětion]

Although the word is most usually assigned to the members of a church, any gathering might be called a congregation, including a gathering of animals. Come to think of it, a congregation of church members is often called a "flock."

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The act of congregating, or bringing together, or of collecting into one aggregate or mass.

Noun
the act of congregating

Noun
an assemblage of people or animals or things collected together; "a congregation of children pleaded for his autograph"; "a great congregation of birds flew over"

Noun
a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church


n.
The act of congregating, or bringing together, or of collecting into one aggregate or mass.

n.
A collection or mass of separate things.

n.
An assembly of persons; a gathering; esp. an assembly of persons met for the worship of God, and for religious instruction; a body of people who habitually so meet.

n.
The whole body of the Jewish people; -- called also Congregation of the Lord.

n.
A body of cardinals or other ecclesiastics to whom as intrusted some department of the church business; as, the Congregation of the Propaganda, which has charge of the missions of the Roman Catholic Church.

n.
A company of religious persons forming a subdivision of a monastic order.

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The assemblage of Masters and Doctors at Oxford or Cambrige University, mainly for the granting of degrees.

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the name assumed by the Protestant party under John Knox. The leaders called themselves (1557) Lords of the Congregation.


Congregation

Con`gre*ga"tion , n. [L. congregatio: cf. F. congr'82gation.] 1. The act of congregating, or bringing together, or of collecting into one aggregate or mass.
The means of reduction in the fire is but by the congregation of homogeneal parts.
2. A collection or mass of separate things.
A foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.
3. An assembly of persons; a gathering; esp. an assembly of persons met for the worship of God, and for religious instruction; a body of people who habitually so meet.
He [Bunyan] rode every year to London, and preached there to large and attentive congregations.
4. (Anc. Jewish Hist.) The whole body of the Jewish people; -- called also Congregation of the Lord.
It is a sin offering for the congregation.
5. (R. C. Ch.) (a) A body of cardinals or other ecclesiastics to whom as intrusted some departament of the church business; as, the Congregation of the Propaganda, which has charge of the missions of the Roman Catholic Church. (b) A company of religious persons forming a subdivision of a monastic order. 6. The assemblage of Masters and Doctors at Oxford or Cambrige University, mainly for the granting of degrees. [Eng.] 7. (Scotch Church Hist.) the name assumed by the Protestant party under John Knox. The leaders called themselves (1557) Lords of the Congregation.

The act of congregating, or bringing together, or of collecting into one aggregate or mass.

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Usage Examples

I've traveled all over the country for years speaking in churches, teaching the Ten Commandments. It's amazing if 2 percent of any congregation knows the Ten Commandments.

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Other Usage Examples

But I think it's up to a local congregation to determine whether or not a marriage should be blessed of God. And it shouldn't be up to the government.

One positive command he gave us: You shall love and honor your emperor. In every congregation a prayer must be said for the czar's health, or the chief of police would close the synagogue.

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