Share this entry

Share this page

Gesellschaft

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

Definition of Gesellschaft in English:

noun

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

Origin

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

Definition of Gesellschaft in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pərt
adjective
lively; cheerful