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gesellschaft

[ German guh-zel-shahft ]

noun

, (often initial capital letter)
, plural ge·sell·schaf·ten [g, uh, -, zel, -shahf-t, uh, n].
  1. an association of individuals for common goals, as for entertainment, intellectual, or cultural purposes or for business reasons.
  2. Sociology. a society or group characterized chiefly by formal organization, impersonal relations, the absence of generally held or binding norms, and a detachment from traditional and sentimental concerns, and often tending to be rationalistic and secular in outlook.


gesellschaft

/ ɡəˈzɛlʃaft /

noun

  1. often capital a social group held together by practical concerns, formal and impersonal relationships, etc Compare gemeinschaft


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Word History and Origins

Origin of gesellschaft1

1935–40; < German, equivalent to Geselle companion + -schaft -ship
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Word History and Origins

Origin of gesellschaft1

German, literally: society
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Example Sentences

Another society of note was the still existing and flourishing Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde.

Gesellschaft (Berlin, 1906) and Religionsgeschichtlicher u. gesch.

Schindler somewhere censures the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde for its long delay in making Beethoven an honorary member.

So Pohl, who wrote a history of the Gesellschaft, informed Thayer in a note.

The autograph is preserved by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna.

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