gemeinschaft

gemeinschaft

[German guh-mahyn-shahft]
noun, plural gemeinschaften [German guh-mahyn-shahf-tuhn] . (often initial capital letter)
1.
an association of individuals having sentiments, tastes, and attitudes in common; fellowship.
2.
Sociology. a society or group characterized chiefly by a strong sense of common identity, close personal relationships, and an attachment to traditional and sentimental concerns.
Compare Gesellschaft.


Origin:
1935–40; < German: community, equivalent to gemein common + -schaft -ship

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gemeinschaft (German ɡəˈmainʃaft)
 
n , pl -schaften
(often capital) Compare gesellschaft a social group united by common beliefs, family ties, etc
 
[German, literally: community]

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gemeinschaft
1887, from Ger., "social relationship based on affection or kinship" (contrasted with gesellschaft), from gemein "common, general" + -schaft "-ship."
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