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congregation

[ kong-gri-gey-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF congregation

Synonyms for congregation

  • audience
  • crowd
  • flock
  • gathering
  • parish
  • throng
  • aggregation
  • assemblage
  • assembly
  • churchgoers
  • collection
  • company
  • confab
  • disciples
  • following
  • group
  • host
  • laity
  • meet
  • meeting
  • multitude
  • muster
  • parishioners
  • public
  • sit-in
  • turnout
  • get-together
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Antonyms for congregation

  • division
  • separation
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CONGREGATION

I received no answer, and then I turned to the congregation.

She has many judicious helpers in her father's congregation.

In this instance it was hard to say which was the more surprised, the revivalist or the congregation.

And presently his surprise was reflected by the congregation.

The nave of the church is now filled with seats for the use of the congregation.

There was a remarkably agreeable smell of pomatum in this congregation.

Why should the Congregation of the Index threaten his work with interdiction?

Was that one of the crimes denounced to the Congregation of the Index?

He doesn't belong to the Congregation; he may have been led into error.

You told me, I remember, that he is the reporter of the Congregation in that affair of your book.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "a gathering, assembly," from Old French congregacion (12c., Modern French congrégation), from Latin congregationem (nominative congregatio), noun of action from congregare (see congregate).

Used by Tyndale to translate Greek ekklesia in New Testament and by some Old Testament translators in place of synagoge. (Vulgate uses a variety of words in these cases, including congregatio but also ecclesia, vulgus, synagoga, populus.) Protestant reformers in 16c. used it in place of church; hence the word's main modern sense of "local society of believers" (1520s).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CONGREGATION

assemblage

verbgathering of people
  • aggregation
  • assembly
  • association
  • collection
  • company
  • congregation
  • convergence
  • crowd
  • group
  • throng

collection

noungroup, accumulation
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