Definition of fraternal in English:

fraternal

Syllabification: fra·ter·nal
Pronunciation: /frəˈtərnl
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or like a brother or brothers: his lack of fraternal feeling shocked me
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    • Again and again, the treacherous brother in the fraternal allegory puts personal, material ambition over ‘natural’ family loyalty, law and order, spiritual and communal values.
    • Despite John's objections to psychological explanations, the mother functions as the sexualized prize and arbiter in this fraternal rivalry when the brothers come to blows on her doorstep.
    • Monogamy is the norm, although some Tibetan-speaking peoples practice fraternal polyandry (two brothers may marry the same woman).
  • 1.1Of or denoting an organization or order for people, especially men, that have common interests or beliefs.
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    • If you don't have access to employer-provided health care, join a fraternal or professional organization to get access to insurance at group rates.
    • The project team recruited potential study participants by working with churches, community and fraternal organizations, funeral homes, African American businesses, and universities.
    • Later, Romanian immigrants gathered at the headquarters of mutual aid societies and fraternal organizations where they discussed news from Romania, read or wrote letters, and sang religious or popular songs.
  • 2(Of twins) developed from separate ova and therefore genetically distinct and not necessarily of the same sex or more similar than other siblings. Compare with identical ( sense 1)).
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    • Studies with siblings and fraternal twins indicate the genetic component of the disease has relatively low penetrance.
    • A study of identical and fraternal twins separated at birth and adopted into different families showed the same heritability.
    • Ordinary siblings and fraternal twins have only 50 percent of their genes in common.

Derivatives

fraternalism

Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
noun
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  • This instinct manifests itself throughout our culture: nationalism, regionalism, religion, fraternalism, sports fans, loyalty to your school, and racism.
  • Have we become too accustomed to it, wrongly seeing in it a symbol for joy and fraternalism?
  • This may be seen today in corporate uniforms (airlines, hotels), identification badges, shoulder-tabs, and arm-bands; regimental and old school ties are merely rose-tinted nostalgia for lost fraternalism.

fraternally

adverb
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  • So often when he makes a pronouncement, you find the phrase, ‘I fraternally invite my brother bishops.’
  • Noel ends by thanking the audience for being ‘mega’, and fraternally urges them not to hurt themselves on the way home.
  • Leaving behind distrust, we must meet, know one another better, learn to love one another, and work together fraternally as much as possible.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin fraternalis, from Latin fraternus, from frater 'brother'.

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