arch confraternity


noun, plural archconfraternities. Roman Catholic Church.
a confraternity having the right to associate itself with confraternities that are similar to it, and to impart to them its privileges and indulgences.

1630–40; < Italian arciconfraternità. See arch-1, confraternity Unabridged
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