• WordNet 3.6
    • n complin last of the seven canonical hours just before retiring
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As specified by the Christian church, the canonical hours are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline.
    • n Complin (Eccl) The last division of the Roman Catholic breviary; the seventh and last of the canonical hours of the Western church; the last prayer of the day, to be said after sunset. "The custom of godly man been to shut up the evening with a compline of prayer at nine of the night."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers and compline.
    • n complin The last of the seven canonical hours, originally said after the evening meal and before retiring to sleep, but in later medieval and modern usage following immediately upon vespers. In the Roman arrangement complin begins with the benediction of the reader and 1 Pet. v. 8 as lesson, followed by the Lord's Prayer, Confiteor, etc. The psalms are the 4th, 31st (verses 1-6), 91st, and 134th, with an invariable anthem (but Halleluiah at Eastertide) and invariable hymn (Te lucis ante terminum). The chapter is Jer. xiv. 9. The Nunc dimittis succeeds with its antiphon, the Kyrie, Lord's Prayer, and Creed, and the service concludes with the preces, collect (Visita, quœsumus), etc., and benediction. In the Greek Church the office corresponding to complin is called apodeipnon, and is said in two forms, great and little apodeipnon, the former in Lent, the latter at other times. Also called completorium or completory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Complin the 7th and last service of the day, at 9 P.M., completing the canonical hours.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From OE. complie, OF. complie, F. complies, pl., fr. LL. completa,prop. fem. of L. completus,) the religious exercise which completes and closes the service of the day. See Complete
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. conplie (mod. complies)—L. completa (hora).


In literature:

I must speak to her before Compline.
"Sword Blades and Poppy Seed" by Amy Lowell
After compline, talk; Fray Juan Perez, the good man, comfortable in his great chair before the fire.
"1492" by Mary Johnston
As, for instance, Prime, Tierce, Sexte, Nones, Matins, Angelus, High Mass, Vespers, Complines, etc.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
Soon after Compline was over the nun had gone to Unorna's room, had knocked and had entered.
"The Witch of Prague" by F. Marion Crawford
The wonderful peace of the day's compline.
"The Cardinal's Snuff-Box" by Henry Harland
Nothing entered between Compline and Prime but a couple of bullock-carts and a cavalcade of merchants from Brescia.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
After compline came bed-time.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
I will tell you the time this evening, after compline.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Generally students were required to attend matins (in summer at 3 a.m., winter at 4), mass, vespers and compline.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
Just before the bell rang for compline, Mother Ada came in.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt

In poetry:

Henceforth no more beneath the veils, Viaticum no more,
But Rest and Consummation upon the other Shore.
The bell was ringing Complin, the night began to fall;
They laid him in the ashes and waited for the call.
"Brevi Tempore Magnum Perfecit Opus" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
"Sister Radegonde knows the apples won't last,
I told her so this Friday past.
I must speak to her before Compline."
Her words were like dust motes in slanting sunshine.
The other nun sighed,
With her pleasure quite dried.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell

In news:

Minnesota Compline Choir (Courtesy of the Artists).