an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes.
a body of individuals living as members of a community; community.
the body of human beings generally, associated or viewed as members of a community: the evolution of human society.
a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members: American society.
such a system characterized by its dominant economic class or form: middle-class society;industrial society.
those with whom one has companionship.
companionship; company: to enjoy the society of good friends.
the social life of wealthy, prominent, or fashionable persons.
the social class that comprises such persons.
the condition of those living in companionship with others, or in a community, rather than in isolation.
Biology. a closely integrated group of social organisms of the same species exhibiting division of labor.
Ecclesiastical. ecclesiastical society.
of, relating to, or characteristic of elegant society: a society photographer.
- so·ci·e·ty·less, adjective
- in·ter·so·ci·e·ty, adjective
- non·so·ci·e·ty, noun, plural non·so·ci·e·ties.
- sub·so·ci·e·ty, noun, plural sub·so·ci·e·ties.
- un·der·so·ci·e·ty, noun, plural un·der·so·ci·e·ties.
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How to use society in a sentence
Half a century later, it is clear that this narrow, stockholder-centered view of corporations has cost society severely.50 years later, Milton Friedman’s shareholder doctrine is dead | jakemeth | September 13, 2020 | Fortune
Brazil’s Civil Rights Framework was society’s response to similar attempts by the government to censor the internet.Brazil’s “fake news” bill won’t solve its misinformation problem | Amy Nordrum | September 10, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The goal is to create a society that treats everyone equally, and that gives everyone, including the most vulnerable members of our society, a fighting chance to succeed.Ritchie Torres, set to be first out Afro-Latino in Congress, seeks big changes amid COVID | Chris Johnson | September 9, 2020 | Washington Blade
I think the most important thing is to consider what is good for the overall community, and we all want the overall society to recover as soon as possible.Hong Kong’s citywide COVID-19 testing has become a barometer of public trust | eamonbarrett | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
We have gotten away from our source and this has caused our societies to be imbalanced.Lafalaise Dion Takes ESSENCE On A Personal Journey | Nandi Howard | September 4, 2020 | Essence.com
As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
“The institution of marraige [sic] is under attack in our society and it needs to be strengthened,” Bush wrote.
Those are troubling numbers, for unfettered speech is not incidental to a flourishing society.
Compared with neighbors Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos, Cambodia appears to have a blossoming civil society.
Strangio is at his best when exposing what appears to be a flourishing civil society in Cambodia.
Those in whom the impulse is strong and dominant are perhaps those who in later years make the good society actors.Children's Ways | James Sully
I haven't much time for seeing any one, except my patients, and the people I meet in society.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
William has thus been happily able to report to the society the approaching conversion of M'Bongo and his imminent civilization.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The blind Samson of labor will seize upon the pillars of society and bring them down in a common destruction.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
He has told me that their society produced on him the effect of the cool hands of saints against his cheek.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for society
the totality of social relationships among organized groups of human beings or animals
a system of human organizations generating distinctive cultural patterns and institutions and usually providing protection, security, continuity, and a national identity for its members
such a system with reference to its mode of social and economic organization or its dominant class: middle-class society
those with whom one has companionship
an organized group of people associated for some specific purpose or on account of some common interest: a learned society
the privileged class of people in a community, esp as considered superior or fashionable
(as modifier): a society woman
the social life and intercourse of such people: to enter society as a debutante
companionship; the fact or state of being together with someone else: I enjoy her society
ecology a small community of plants within a larger association
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with society
see under mutual admiration society.
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