- of, like, or befitting a brother; affectionate and loyal; fraternal: brotherly love.
- as a brother; fraternally.
Origin of brotherly
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Related Wordsaffectionate, cordial, neighborly, fraternal, selfless, amicable, altruistic, benevolent, charitable, compassionate, disinterested, forgiving, generous, humane, intimate, kindly, personal, philanthropic, solicitous, sympathetic
Examples from the Web for brotherly
But brotherly love among enemy combatants was not something that the high command encouraged.Royals Remember The Christmas Truce of 1914
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Bill Cosby was born July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
In a morning filled with brotherly love and jocularity over how everyone was getting along so well, no one wanted to offend.At American Enterprise Institute, NeoCons Say ‘Hello, Dalai’
February 21, 2014
The City of Brotherly Love is closer to earning its moniker.The Year in Murder: 2013 Marks a Historic Low for Many Cities
January 1, 2014
One might question whether the bakers are acting in true and brotherly solidarity.The Twinkie is Dead! Long Live the Twinkie!
January 29, 2013
Well, Hugh, I must say that was brotherly of you, after all.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
It caressed the maid, in a fashion, thinks I, most brotherly.The Cruise of the Shining Light
There were messages of brotherly interest and solicitude just as in the old days.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
He patted her arm with a brotherly gesture, and hurried along.
"Brotherly affection doesn't hurt; this does," was Stuart's declaration.
- 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 brotherly
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