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The regular assembly of Jews for religious observance and instruction; a building or place of worship for this purpose. The word is recorded from Middle English and comes via Old French and late Latin from Greek sunagōgē ‘meeting’.

In religious controversy from the Middle Ages, the word was given derogatory use as a term for an assembly of the wicked or heretical; in medieval iconography, Synagogue may be shown as a blindfolded figure contrasted with the sighted Church.

Subjects: Religion.

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