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Gesellschaft

Syllabification: Ge·sell·schaft
Pronunciation: /ɡəˈzelˌSHäft, -ˌSHaft
 
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Definition of Gesellschaft in English:

noun

Social relations based on impersonal ties, as duty to a society or organization. Contrasted with Gemeinschaft.
Example sentences
  • He has suggested that such communities preserve a residue of traditional Gemeinschaft amid the more individualistic and impersonal Gesellschaft of modernity.
  • Any particular society is either an example of Gemeinschaft or Gesellschaft.
  • It's a classic case of the way the Revolution pitted Gesellschaft against Gemeinschaft, modernity against tradition, universal values against local standards.

Origin

German, from Gesell(e) 'companion' + -schaft (see -ship).

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