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[sol-i-dar-i-tee] /ˌsɒl ɪˈdær ɪ ti/
noun, plural solidarities.
union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, peoples, etc.:
to promote solidarity among union members.
community of feelings, purposes, etc.
community of responsibilities and interests.
Origin of solidarity
1840-50; < French solidarité, equivalent to solidaire solidary + -ité -ity
Related forms
nonsolidarity, noun
unsolidarity, noun
1. unity, cooperation, community. 2. unanimity.


[sol-i-dar-i-tee] /ˌsɒl ɪˈdær ɪ ti/
a Polish organization of independent trade unions founded in 1980: outlawed by the government of Poland in 1982.
Polish Solidarność
[saw-lee-dahr-nawshch] /sɔ liˈdɑr nɔʃtʃ/ (Show IPA)
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noun (pl) -ties
unity of interests, sympathies, etc, as among members of the same class


the organization of free trade unions in Poland: recognized in 1980; outlawed in 1982; legalized and led the new noncommunist government in 1989
Word Origin
C20: from Polish solidarność: solidarity
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Word Origin and History for solidarity

1841, from French solidarité "communion of interests and responsibilities, mutual responsibility," a coinage of the "Encyclopédie" (1765), from solidaire "interdependent, complete, entire," from solide (see solid (adj.)). With a capital S-, the name of an independent trade union movement in Poland, formed September 1980, from Polish Solidarność.

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Solidarity definition

A labor union in Poland, independent of the government and of the Polish Communist party, that grew to a membership of several million in the early 1980s. Led by Lech Walesa, Solidarity pushed for many reforms and played a major part in the ouster of communism in Poland and its replacement by a multiparty, democratic government. The movement's influence began to decline in the 1990s.

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