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[free-mey-suh n-ree] /ˈfriˌmeɪ sən ri/
secret or tacit brotherhood; fellowship; fundamental bond or rapport:
the freemasonry of those who hunger for knowledge.
(initial capital letter) the principles, practices, and institutions of Freemasons.
Origin of freemasonry
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, freemasonry is from the late Middle English word fremasonry. See Freemason, -ry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • freemasonry assumes different aspects in different circumstances, but it is the eternal enemy of militant organized Christianity.

    The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906 Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
  • I made the most of my freemasonry, and they permitted me to retain my overcoat.

  • His dialect was different from Nando's, but there is a freemasonry of speech among the tribes of the Congo, and Nando understood.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • In my grandfather's time it used to be freemasonry that roused their anger.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • It would be a mistake if one confounded Illuminism with freemasonry.

  • For what freemasonry equals that of two shrewd students of life?

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • He must not confound the doctrine of freemasonry with its outward and extrinsic form.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry Albert G. Mackey
  • It was a species of freemasonry known only to the initiated at the Sally Port.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for freemasonry


natural or tacit sympathy and understanding


the institutions, rites, practices, etc, of Freemasons
Freemasons collectively
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Word Origin and History for freemasonry



mid-15c., from freemason + -ry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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