confraternal

confraternity

[kon-fruh-tur-ni-tee]
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:
1425–75; late Middle English confraternite < Medieval Latin confrāternitās, derivative of confrāter (see confrere), on the model of Latin frāternitās fraternity

confraternal, adjective
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confraternity (ˌkɒnfrəˈtɜːnɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
a group of men united for some particular purpose, esp Christian laymen organized for religious or charitable service; brotherhood
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin confrāternitās; see confrère, fraternity]
 
confra'ternal
 
adj

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confraternity
late 15c., from Fr. confraternité (14c.), from M.L. confraternitas, from confrater (see confrere).
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