Definition of confraternity in English:
noun (plural confraternities)
A brotherhood, especially with a charitable or religious purpose.
- Furthermore, clergy gave no encouragement to lay organisations such as religious confraternities or voluntary societies.
- A host of new religious orders and lay confraternities were founded to preach, teach, tend the sick, and care for the poor.
- Unlike their precursors, these new cycles focused almost exclusively on the founders or ideological leaders of the various religious orders or confraternities.
Late Middle English: from Old French confraternite, from medieval Latin confraternitas, from confrater (see confrère).
Words that rhyme with confraternityeternity, fraternity, maternity, modernity, paternity, taciturnity
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