solidarity

[sol-i-dar-i-tee] /ˌsɒl ɪˈdær ɪ ti/
noun, plural solidarities.
1.
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."
2.
community of feelings, purposes, etc.
3.
community of responsibilities and interests.
Origin
1840–50; < French solidarité, equivalent to solidaire solidary + -ité -ity
Related forms
nonsolidarity, noun
unsolidarity, noun
Synonyms
1. unity, cooperation, community. 2. unanimity.
British Dictionary definitions for un solidarity
solidarity (ˌsɒlɪˈdærɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
unity of interests, sympathies, etc, as among members of the same class

Solidarity (ˌsɒlɪˈdærɪtɪ)
 
n
the organization of free trade unions in Poland: recognized in 1980; outlawed in 1982; legalized and led the new noncommunist government in 1989
 
[C20: from Polish solidarność: solidarity]

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solidarity
1841, from Fr. solidarité "mutual responsibility," a coinage of the "Encyclopédie" (1765), from solidaire "interdependent, complete, entire," from solide (see solid). With a capital S-, the name of an independent trade union movement in Poland, formed Sept. 1980 and officially banned Oct. 1982, from Pol. 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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