One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating or belonging to a convent.‘the conventual life’
cloistered, cloistral, claustral, canonical, monasticalView synonyms
- ‘This spread eastwards to affect the whole island and has left a haunting legacy of late medieval conventual ruins.’
- ‘As her conventual discipline requires, she yields to the pain, accepting it as what God is asking of her.’
- ‘Conversely, the estate infrastructure which supported conventual establishments attracted scant attention, and even 30 years ago when James Bond began to gather material little had been done.’
- ‘The conventual buildings are strung out along a narrow ridge above the water, supported but also overshadowed by solid rock.’
- ‘Rome's supremacy in metalwork had already been affirmed when the conventual church's lavish new high altar was installed in 1686.’
- 1.1 Relating to the less strict order of the Franciscans, living in large convents.
- ‘The Conventual Franciscan Friars are followers of Francis of Assisi.’
- ‘These different viewpoints become more pronounced over time and alongside the Conventual tradition there emerged a number of reform communities.’
A person who lives in or is a member of a convent.
nun, novice, abbess, prioress, mother superior, reverend motherView synonyms
- ‘Proximity to the parish brought conventuals closer to the everyday concerns of churchgoers.’
- ‘The conventuals print lots of books, mainly in Church Slavonian, because Orthodoxy in America still grows.’
- ‘The Observant tactics were to use the secular powers to deal with their enemies amongst the conventuals.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin conventualis, from Latin conventus ‘assembly, company’ (see convent).
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