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 Contretemps (French).Conversation Sharp. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Conven’ticle
 
means a “little convent,” and was originally applied to a cabal of monks against the election of a proposed abbot. It now means a religious meeting of dissenters. (Latin, conventus, an assembly, with a diminutive.) (See CHAPEL.)   1
 


 Contretemps (French).Conversation Sharp. 

 
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