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archconfraternity

[ahrch-kon-fruh-tur-ni-tee] /ˌɑrtʃ kɒn frəˈtɜr nɪ ti/
noun, plural archconfraternities. Roman Catholic Church
1.
a confraternity having the right to associate itself with confraternities that are similar to it, and to impart to them its privileges and indulgences.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Italian arciconfraternità. See arch-1, confraternity
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