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freemasonry

[free-mey-suh n-ree] /ˈfriˌmeɪ sən ri/
noun
1.
secret or tacit brotherhood; fellowship; fundamental bond or rapport:
the freemasonry of those who hunger for knowledge.
2.
(initial capital letter) the principles, practices, and institutions of Freemasons.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English fremasonry. See Freemason, -ry
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British Dictionary definitions for free masonry

freemasonry

/ˈfriːˌmeɪsənrɪ/
noun
1.
natural or tacit sympathy and understanding

Freemasonry

/ˈfriːˌmeɪsənrɪ/
noun
1.
the institutions, rites, practices, etc, of Freemasons
2.
Freemasons collectively
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Word Origin and History for free masonry

Freemasonry

n.

mid-15c., from freemason + -ry.

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