- of, like, or befitting a brother; affectionate and loyal; fraternal: brotherly love.
- as a brother; fraternally.
Origin of brotherly
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Examples from the Web for brotherliness
I doubted your brotherliness, I must confess, my dear Marius.St. Martin's Summer
But their condition detracts nothing from Penn's Christian brotherliness.William Penn
It was the most perfect act of brotherliness which I have ever witnessed.
And do you think I would wish for or accept your brotherliness on those terms?Small Souls
There is none of the brotherliness and civilised simplicity.Sea and Sardinia
D. H. Lawrence
- of, resembling, or suitable to a brother, esp in showing loyalty and affection; fraternal
- in a brotherly way; fraternally
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Word Origin and History for brotherliness
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