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confraternity

[kon-fruh-tur-ni-tee] /ˌkɒn frəˈtɜr nɪ ti/
noun, plural confraternities.
1.
a lay brotherhood devoted to some purpose, especially to religious or charitable service.
2.
a society or organization, especially of men, united for some purpose or in some profession.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English confraternite < Medieval Latin confrāternitās, derivative of confrāter (see confrere), on the model of Latin frāternitās fraternity
Related forms
confraternal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for confraternal

confraternity

/ˌkɒnfrəˈtɜːnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a group of men united for some particular purpose, esp Christian laymen organized for religious or charitable service; brotherhood
Derived Forms
confraternal, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin confrāternitās; see confrère, fraternity
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Word Origin and History for confraternal

confraternity

n.

late 15c., from Old French confraternité (14c.), from Medieval Latin confraternitas, from confrater (see confrere).

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