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Great Synagogue

Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Synagogue \Syn"a*gogue\, n. [F., from L. synagoga, Gr. ? a
   bringing together, an assembly, a synagogue, fr. ? to bring
   together; sy`n with + ? to lead. See {Syn-}, and {Agent}.]
   1. A congregation or assembly of Jews met for the purpose of
      worship, or the performance of religious rites.

   2. The building or place appropriated to the religious
      worship of the Jews.

   3. The council of, probably, 120 members among the Jews,
      first appointed after the return from the Babylonish
      captivity; -- called also the {Great Synagogue}, and
      sometimes, though erroneously, the {Sanhedrin}.

   4. A congregation in the early Christian church.

            My brethren, . . . if there come into your synagogue
            a man with a gold ring.               --James ii.
                                                  1,2 (Rev.

   5. Any assembly of men. [Obs. or R.] --Milton.
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