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commonalty

[kom-uh-nl-tee] /ˈkɒm ə nl ti/
noun, plural commonalties.
1.
Also, commonality. the ordinary people, as distinguished from those with authority, rank, station, etc.; the common people.
2.
an incorporated body or its members.
Origin of commonalty
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French comunalte, equivalent to comunal- communal + -te -ty2; replacing Middle English communaute < Old French
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  • The annexed cut represents a cramp-ring of lead, simply cast in a mould, and sold cheap for the use of the commonalty.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
  • These two extremes document a commonalty of human self-constitution.

  • We never hear again of Thersites, or of any one of the commonalty, daring to open his mouth in an assembly.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • The king granted to the commonalty of London to have a common seal.

  • And is not equality a product of that same Revolution which was brought on by the commonalty, the middle classes?

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • But over all must come recognition of the commonalty of man.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • It has the advantage of being new; and, moreover, it sounds large, and will make the commonalty stare.

  • The names of those elected by the commonalty have not come down to us.

  • And the good man, representing the commonalty, was frozen into silence.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • The commonalty in the streets were wild, unshorn, and in rags.

    Barry Lyndon William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for commonalty

commonalty

/ˈkɒmənəltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the ordinary people as distinct from those with authority, rank, or title, esp when considered as a political and social unit or estate of the realm Compare third estate
2.
the members of an incorporated society
Word Origin
C13: from Old French comunalte, from comunal communal
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