One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a congregation, especially that of a church or synagogue.
- ‘He ran aground, though, when he insisted that a congregant must show some believable evidence of being truly godly.’
- ‘His relationship with his congregants necessarily has become more remote, formal, and abstract.’
- ‘The leader will invite all congregants who feel the Torah passage is speaking to this issue in their lives to join in that aliyah.’
- ‘Similarly, the acceptance of gay rabbis - although small in number - indicates that the majority of congregants judge a person by their integrity rather than their sexuality.’
- ‘He failed, however, to project the charisma and religiosity which many congregants sought.’
- ‘As a result, the secularized congregants in our pews tend to be ‘religious agnostics’ rather than true believers.’
- ‘We needed some tender loving care, and usually the congregants don't think of themselves as being obligated to fulfill that role.’
- ‘We expect that all congregants, whether minority or majority, will talk of costs and benefits.’
- ‘They sing a cappella, circling the pews as congregants trickle in and join the singing.’
- ‘Indeed, when I asked why the congregants came to the church, many of them attributed it to the good feelings they gained in converting to the new religion.’
- ‘In this fourth stage, it is clear that preachers dismiss rhetoric to their own peril and to the peril of the religiosity of their congregants.’
- ‘Then, a senior congregant said God blesses him although he has not humbled himself enough before God.’
- ‘Rabbis can connect with their postmodern congregants by demonstrating that the grand narrative of God, Torah, and Israel is not a hermetically sealed book.’
- ‘Furthermore, these broader social changes do not only distort the preached message of the churches; they also have transformed the congregants listening in the pews.’
- ‘Full-time clergy may be paid either out of public taxation or the donations of the congregants.’
- ‘As I have attempted to show, the congregants convert to the Christian God because of the divine tutelage they believe they have received.’
- ‘In 1968, congregants contributed about 3 percent of their income to the church.’
- ‘A former congregant had flown in from his new home in Australia the day before, to leave this afternoon to London.’
- ‘In addition, we collected data on the friendship networks of the congregants.’
- ‘This concern for social justice, in turn, creates a norm within congregations that is supported and nourished by the congregants.’
Late 19th century: from Latin congregant- ‘collecting (into a flock), uniting’, from the verb congregare (see congregate).
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