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society

[suh-sahy-i-tee] /səˈsaɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural societies.
1.
an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes.
2.
a body of individuals living as members of a community; community.
3.
the body of human beings generally, associated or viewed as members of a community:
the evolution of human society.
4.
a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members:
American society.
5.
such a system characterized by its dominant economic class or form:
middle-class society; industrial society.
6.
those with whom one has companionship.
7.
companionship; company:
to enjoy one's society.
8.
the social life of wealthy, prominent, or fashionable persons.
9.
the social class that comprises such persons.
10.
the condition of those living in companionship with others, or in a community, rather than in isolation.
11.
Biology. a closely integrated group of social organisms of the same species exhibiting division of labor.
12.
Ecclesiastical. an ecclesiastical society.
adjective
13.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of elegant society:
a society photographer.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Middle French societe < Latin societās, equivalent to soci(us) partner, comrade + -etās, variant of -itās- -ity
Related forms
societyless, adjective
intersociety, adjective
nonsociety, noun, plural nonsocieties.
subsociety, noun, plural subsocieties.
undersociety, noun, plural undersocieties.
Synonyms
1. association, fellowship, fraternity, brotherhood, company. See circle. 7. fellowship.
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Examples for societies
  • We share a view that health interventions can have a multiplier effect on societies.
  • They live in societies as complex as those of some primates and seem to show as much social intelligence.
  • Truth is the foundation of all knowledge, and the cement of all societies.
  • See the many forms sports take around the world, and the many roles they fill in societies.
  • Certain human societies seem to tolerate violence more readily than others.
  • With courage and sensitivity she offers a rare insight into unfamiliar cultures and societies.
  • Tribes and societies interested him because he grew up in a tribe, left it for a society, and belonged to neither.
  • Disasters on this scale reveal something about the character of the societies in which they occur.
  • societies create structures of authority for producing and distributing knowledge, information, and opinion.
  • The complexities are overwhelming governments, economies, and societies around the world.
British Dictionary definitions for societies

society

/səˈsaɪətɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the totality of social relationships among organized groups of human beings or animals
2.
a system of human organizations generating distinctive cultural patterns and institutions and usually providing protection, security, continuity, and a national identity for its members
3.
such a system with reference to its mode of social and economic organization or its dominant class middle-class society
4.
those with whom one has companionship
5.
an organized group of people associated for some specific purpose or on account of some common interest a learned society
6.
  1. the privileged class of people in a community, esp as considered superior or fashionable
  2. (as modifier) a society woman
7.
the social life and intercourse of such people to enter society as a debutante
8.
companionship; the fact or state of being together with someone else I enjoy her society
9.
(ecology) a small community of plants within a larger association
Word Origin
C16: via Old French societé from Latin societās, from socius a comrade
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Word Origin and History for societies
society
1531, "friendly association with others," from O.Fr. societe, from L. societatem (nom. societas), from socius "companion" (see social). Meaning "group of people living together in an ordered community" is from 1639. Sense of "fashionable people and their doings" is first recorded 1823.
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