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sodality

[soh-dal-i-tee, suh-] /soʊˈdæl ɪ ti, sə-/
noun, plural sodalities.
1.
fellowship; comradeship.
2.
an association or society.
3.
Roman Catholic Church. a lay society for religious and charitable purposes.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin sodālitās companionship, equivalent to sodāl(is) companion + -itās -ity
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sodality

/səʊˈdælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
(RC Church) a religious or charitable society
2.
fraternity; fellowship
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sodālitās fellowship, from sodālis a comrade
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Word Origin and History for sodality
n.

"companionship, fellowship, association with others," c.1600, from Middle French sodalité or directly from Latin sodalitatem (nominative sodalitas) "companionship, a brotherhood, association, fellowship," from sodalis "companion," perhaps literally "one's own, relative," related to suescere "to accustom," from PIE *swedh-, extended form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflective (see idiom). Especially of religious guilds in the Catholic Church.

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