- 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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Examples from the Web for confraternity
The privilege of weaving was confined to the confraternity of the guild.The Evolution of Modern Capitalism
John Atkinson Hobson
The men on the left are portraits of members and patrons of the confraternity.The Venetian School of Painting
Evelyn March Phillipps
Did you ever hitherto find me in the confraternity of the faulty?Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
But say not a word of them to the confraternity: nor laugh at me for them thyself.Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)
Then he asked the confraternity to dinner,—more Thackerayano,—and the confraternity came.Thackeray
- 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 confraternity
late 15c., from Old French confraternité (14c.), from Medieval Latin confraternitas, from confrater (see confrere).
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