- of or befitting a brother or brothers; brotherly.
- of or being a society of men associated in brotherly union, as for mutual aid or benefit: a fraternal order; a fraternal association.
Origin of fraternal
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Examples from the Web for fraternalism
They come and go, but the deeper conceptions of fraternalism remain.
The radicals who talked God and benevolence and fraternalism were anathema to him.Children of the Market Place
Edgar Lee Masters
The spirit of fraternalism has had a remarkably good influence upon the character and intelligence of the Bohemian people.History of Linn County Iowa
Luther A. Brewer
Literary illustrations of this spirit of fraternalism lie close at hand.
Indeed it is the organization of charity during the Thirteenth Century that represents the best feature of its fraternalism.The Thirteenth
James J. Walsh
- of or suitable to a brother; brotherly
- of or relating to a fraternity
- designating either or both of a pair of twins of the same or opposite sex that developed from two separate fertilized ovaCompare identical (def. 3)
C15: from Latin frāternus, from frāter brother
Word Origin and History for fraternalism
early 15c., from Middle French fraternel and directly from Medieval Latin fraternalis, from Latin fraternus "brotherly" (see fraternity). The noun meaning "fraternal twin" is recorded by 1911.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to brothers.
- Of, relating to, or being a twin developed from two separately fertilized ova; dizygotic.