Definition of Gemeinschaft in English:

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Gemeinschaft

Pronunciation: /ɡəˈmīnˌSHäft/ Pronunciation: /-ˌSHaft/

noun

Social relations between individuals, based on close personal and family ties; community. Contrasted with Gesellschaft.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: Ge·mein·schaft

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