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From Latin latrocinium (act of brigandage; an illegitimate church council).


Proper noun[edit]


  1. (historical, ecclesiastical, derogatory) The Second Council of Ephesus.
    • 1912, Edward Denny, Papalism: A treatise on the claims of the papacy as set forth in the encyclical Satis Cognitum, page 638:
      But the whole circumstances of the Latrocinium, where everything was done to degrade Constantinople by Dioscurus, render it impossible to attach any weight to a statement of this kind ...
    • 1936, Cuthbert Turner, “The Organization of the Church”, in The Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. I: The Christian Roman Empire and the Foundation of the Teutonic Kingdoms, page 175:
      The business of the Council of Chalcedon was to reverse the proceedings of the Latrocinium ...
    • 1979, Timothy E. Gregory, Vox Populi: Popular Opinion and Violence in the Religious Controversies of the Fifth Century A.D., page 151:
      This was all the more significant because the victors at the Latrocinium were surprisingly slow in following up their advantage in Constantinople.