|n.||1.||A small assembly or gathering; esp., a secret assembly.|
|2.||An assembly for religious worship; esp., such an assembly held privately, as in times of persecution, by Nonconformists or Dissenters in England, or by Covenanters in Scotland; - often used opprobriously, as if those assembled were heretics or schismatics.|
The first Christians could never have had recourse to nocturnal or clandestine conventicles till driven to them by the violence of persecution.
|Noun||1.||conventicle - a secret unauthorized meeting for religious worship|
|2.||conventicle - a building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers)|