col·​le·​gi·​al·​i·​ty | \ kə-ˌlē-jē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce collegiality (audio) , -ˌlē-gē- \

Definition of collegiality

: the cooperative relationship of colleagues specifically : the participation of bishops in the government of the Roman Catholic Church in collaboration with the pope

Examples of collegiality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet none are as eager as Manchin to restore a bygone day of collegiality., "Manchin’s votes to make or break Senate reform," 27 Mar. 2021 Yet none are as eager as Mr. Manchin to restore a bygone day of collegiality. New York Times, "In Washington, Policy Revolves Around Joe Manchin. He Likes It That Way.," 27 Mar. 2021 Yet politics, race, class and other differences that have bred confrontations in other arenas seem not to intrude on the collegiality of the songbird owners’ community. New York Times, "A Battle of Singing Stars, With Wings and Feathers," 14 Jan. 2021 The audience is engrossed, but wins and losses are greeted by handlers with the same quiet collegiality that has marked the morning. New York Times, "A Battle of Singing Stars, With Wings and Feathers," 14 Jan. 2021 The tradition of collegiality and the regard for norms — highlighted this year by the hypocritical rush of Republicans to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court just a week before the presidential election — have been smashed. Dan Rodricks Baltimore Sun (tns), Star Tribune, "Leadership: Today's Senate needs more people of the kind Paul Sarbanes was," 8 Dec. 2020 Maybe that has taken a toll on the courts’ collegiality. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "An Epidemic of Arrogance on the Supreme Court," 4 Dec. 2020 The Fed, especially in recent years, has prized collegiality and consensus. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 16," 21 Nov. 2020 Of course, some snapshots of compromise and collegiality from Mr. Biden’s career around that time have aged poorly with Democrats. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Biden Knows Washington Has Changed. He’s Less Sure He Has To.," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of collegiality

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Collegiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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