- a lay brotherhood devoted to some purpose, especially to religious or charitable service.
- a society or organization, especially of men, united for some purpose or in some profession.
Origin of confraternity
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- a group of men united for some particular purpose, esp Christian laymen organized for religious or charitable service; brotherhood
C15: from Medieval Latin confrāternitās; see confrère, fraternity
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Word Origin and History for confraternal
late 15c., from Old French confraternité (14c.), from Medieval Latin confraternitas, from confrater (see confrere).
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