Definition of Gemeinschaft in English:


Line breaks: Ge¦mein|schaft
Pronunciation: /gəˈmʌɪnʃaft


[mass noun]
  • Social relations between individuals, based on close personal and family ties; community. Contrasted with Gesellschaft.
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    • He has suggested that such communities preserve a residue of traditional Gemeinschaft amid the more individualistic and impersonal Gesellschaft of modernity.
    • Such religions play a crucial role in binding people together into tight Gemeinschaft communities and separating them from other communities.
    • But this pre-modern Gemeinschaft conception of an all-encompassing community that members unreflectively endorse seemed distinctly ill-suited for complex and conflict-ridden large-scale industrialized societies.


German, from gemein 'common' + -schaft (see -ship).

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