- (obsolete) An assembly or congregation of people, especially in religious contexts.
1846, The Works of the Right Rev. John Sage, page 379:
- And to the same purpose he writes concerning Numidicus, Ep. 40, viz. that his will was that Numidicus should be listed in the number of Carthaginian Presbyters, and sit with him," no doubt in the [consessus] in the consistory or Ecclesiastical senate.
1862, Samuel Davidsohn, An Introduction to the Old Testament, Critical, Historical and Theological, Containing a Discussion of the Most Important Questions Belonging to the Several Books, page 356:
- The consessus of Haririus present an analogy to this; and the traditional סיעה at the court of Hezekiah.
1863, Johannes Heinrich August Ebrard, The Gospel History: A Compendium of Critical Investigations in Support of the Historical Character of the Four Gospels, page 190:
- Strauss mentions the custom, that the scholars of the Rabbis in the consessus were wont to stand.
cōnsessus m (genitive cōnsessūs); fourth declension
- The act of sitting together with.
- A group of people sitting together; an assembly, meeting; audience.