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sodality

[soh-dal-i-tee, suh-]
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noun, plural so·dal·i·ties.
  1. fellowship; comradeship.
  2. an association or society.
  3. Roman Catholic Church. a lay society for religious and charitable purposes.
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Origin of sodality

1590–1600; < Latin sodālitās companionship, equivalent to sodāl(is) companion + -itās -ity
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sodality

noun plural -ties
  1. RC Church a religious or charitable society
  2. fraternity; fellowship
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin sodālitās fellowship, from sodālis a comrade
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Word Origin and History for sodality

n.

"companionship, fellowship, association with others," c.1600, from Middle French sodalité or directly from Latin sodalitatem (nominative sodalitas) "companionship, a brotherhood, association, fellowship," from sodalis "companion," perhaps literally "one's own, relative," related to suescere "to accustom," from PIE *swedh-, extended form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflective (see idiom). Especially of religious guilds in the Catholic Church.

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