- 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
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- a Polish organization of independent trade unions founded in 1980: outlawed by the government of Poland in 1982.
Examples from the Web for solidarity
Newspapers around Europe have also done so in solidarity with the slain.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
The world should stand in solidarity with him and the many other victims of the Assad regime.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
But it will take more than superficial solidarity to dismantle those structures and the ideologies that birthed them.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
The culture of solidarity for teachers as workers prevented acknowledging some teachers as more accomplished than others.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
Several people were arrested, including two young Hungarians who came to express their solidarity.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
This leads to the solidarity of society and the integrity of the social bond.Rural Life and the Rural School
No solidarity of advancement exists in the species as a whole.An Ethnologist's View of History
Daniel G. Brinton
The economic interests of the class may be engulfed in the solidarity of the race.Socialism
The want of solidarity between old and young seemed American.The Education of Henry Adams
This solidarity and interconnexion of the Sagas needs no explanation.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
- 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 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.
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.