[ German guh-mahyn-shahft ]
/ German gəˈmaɪnˌʃɑft /
noun, plural ge·mein·schaf·ten [German guh-mahyn-shahf-tuh n] /German gəˈmaɪnˌʃɑf tən/. (often initial capital letter)
an association of individuals having sentiments, tastes, and attitudes in common; fellowship.
Sociology. a society or group characterized chiefly by a strong sense of common identity, close personal relationships, and an attachment to traditional and sentimental concerns.
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Origin of gemeinschaft
1935–40; < German: community, equivalent to gemein common + -schaft -ship
Words nearby gemeinschaft
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Example sentences from the Web for gemeinschaft
They went by the name of the Gemeinschaft der Heiligen, and the fervours of the community were at least those of genuine votaries.The Youth of Goethe|Peter Hume Brown
For lack of a more suitable English equivalent I have translated Gemeinschaft as communion.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
British Dictionary definitions for gemeinschaft
/ (German ɡəˈmainʃaft) /
noun plural -schaften (German -ʃaftən)
(often capital) a social group united by common beliefs, family ties, etcCompare gesellschaft
Word Origin for gemeinschaft
German, literally: community
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