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fellowship

[fel-oh-ship] /ˈfɛl oʊˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the condition or relation of being a fellow:
the fellowship of humankind.
2.
friendly relationship; companionship:
the fellowship of father and son.
3.
community of interest, feeling, etc.
4.
communion, as between members of the same church.
6.
an association of persons having similar tastes, interests, etc.
7.
a company, guild, or corporation.
8.
Education.
  1. the body of fellows in a college or university.
  2. the position or emoluments of a fellow of a college or university, or the sum of money he or she receives.
  3. a foundation for the maintenance of a fellow in a college or university.
verb (used with object), fellowshipped or fellowshiped, fellowshipping or fellowshiping.
9.
to admit to fellowship, especially religious fellowship.
verb (used without object), fellowshipped or fellowshiped, fellowshipping or fellowshiping.
10.
to join in fellowship, especially religious fellowship.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English felaweshipe. See fellow, -ship
Synonyms
2. comradeship, camaraderie, friendship, society, intimacy.
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British Dictionary definitions for fellow-ship

fellowship

/ˈfɛləʊˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the state of sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc
2.
a society of people sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc; club
3.
companionship; friendship
4.
the state or relationship of being a fellow
5.
  1. mutual trust and charitableness between Christians
  2. a Church or religious association
6.
(education)
  1. a financed research post providing study facilities, privileges, etc, often in return for teaching services
  2. a foundation endowed to support a postgraduate research student
  3. an honorary title carrying certain privileges awarded to a postgraduate student
7.
(often capital) the body of fellows in a college, university, etc
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Word Origin and History for fellow-ship

fellowship

n.

c.1200, feolahschipe "companionship," from fellow + -ship. In Middle English it was at times a euphemism for "sexual intercourse" (carnal fellowship).

To fellowship with is to hold communion with; to unite with in doctrine and discipline. This barbarism now appears with disgusting frequency in the reports of ecclesiastical conventions, and in the religious newspapers generally. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]

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fellow-ship in the Bible

(1.) With God, consisting in the knowledge of his will (Job 22:21; John 17:3); agreement with his designs (Amos 3:2); mutual affection (Rom. 8: 38, 39); enjoyment of his presence (Ps. 4:6); conformity to his image (1 John 2:6; 1:6); and participation of his felicity (1 John 1:3, 4; Eph. 3:14-21). (2.) Of saints with one another, in duties (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:1; 1 Thess. 5:17, 18); in ordinances (Heb. 10:25; Acts 2:46); in grace, love, joy, etc. (Mal. 3:16; 2 Cor. 8:4); mutual interest, spiritual and temporal (Rom. 12:4, 13; Heb. 13:16); in sufferings (Rom. 15:1, 2; Gal. 6:1, 2; Rom. 12:15; and in glory (Rev. 7:9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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