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confraternity

Line breaks: con|fra¦tern|ity
Pronunciation: /kɒnfrəˈtəːnɪti
 
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Definition of confraternity in English:

noun (plural confraternities)

A brotherhood, especially with a religious or charitable purpose.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French confraternite, from medieval Latin confraternitas, from confrater (see confrère).

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