Compline

(2 syl.). The last service of the day in the Roman Catholic Church. First appointed by the abbot Benedict in the sixth century. The word is a corruption of completorium.

In ecclesiastical Latin vesperinus, from vesper, means evening service, and completinus is formed on the same model.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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