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Definition and Synonyms for "Symposium"

Symposium:
1. A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.
2. A collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine.
3. A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks.
or also:
A collection of short essays by different authors on a common topic; – so called from the appellation given to the philosophical dialogue by the Greeks.

Synonyms:  
appointment, argument, chalk talk, colloquium, colloquy, confabulation, conferring, congress, consultation, conversation, convocation, deliberation, discussion, forum, groupthink, huddle, interchange, interview, meeting, palaver, parley, powwow, rap, rap session, round table, seminar, symposium, talk, think-in, ventilation

Synonyms:  
altercation, analysis, argument, argumentation, bull session, bull yard, canvass, colloquy, confab, confabulation, conference, consideration, consultation, contention, controversy, conversation, debate, deliberation, dialogue, discourse, dispute, dissertation, examination, exchange, excursus, flap, gabfest, groupthink, huddle, interview, meet, meeting, powwow, quarrel, rap, rap session, review, scrutiny, symposium, ventilation, wrangling

Synonyms:  
argument, buzz session, clambake, colloquy, conclave, confab, confabulation, conference, consultation, conversation, deliberation, dialogue, earful, encounter, eyeball-to-eyeball, hash session, huddle, interlocution, interview, meeting, negotiation, palaver, parlance, parley, powwow, rapping, seminar, spiel, straight talk, symposium, ventilation, visit, yak, yawp