- 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.
Origin of gemeinschaft
1935–40; < German: community, equivalent to gemein common + -schaft -ship
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Examples from the Web for gemeinschaft
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
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
- (often capital) a social group united by common beliefs, family ties, etcCompare gesellschaft
German, literally: community
Word Origin and History for gemeinschaft
1887, from German gemeinschaft "social relationship based on affection or kinship" (contrasted with gesellschaft), from gemein "common, general" + -schaft "-ship."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper