Definition of Gesellschaft in English:


Line breaks: Ge¦sell|schaft
Pronunciation: /gəˈzɛlʃaft


[mass noun]
  • Social relations based on impersonal ties, such as duty to a society or organization. Contrasted with Gemeinschaft.
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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.
    • 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.


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

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