com·​rad·​ery | \ ˈkäm-ˌra-d(ə-)rē How to pronounce comradery (audio) , -rə-drē, -ˌrā-d(ə-)rē \

Definition of comradery

: a feeling of friendliness, goodwill, and familiarity among the people in a group : camaraderie … enjoyed the comradery of camping with his … friends.— Kenneth H. Bruechert A giant screen television phenomenon turns the cocktail hour or dinner into a scene of hilarity and warm comraderyThe Wall Street Journal I hate gym as I would any class that culminated in a group shower with twenty-seven boys, each of whom felt it a sublime statement of comradery to flick the wet end of a towel against another's backside.— Robert Morrison

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Comradery vs. camaraderie: Is there a difference?

Comradery and its much more common synonym camaraderie come from the French word camarade, which means "comrade," and whose Middle French ancestor was also the source for our word comrade. In Middle French, camarade was used to mean "roommate," "companion," or "a group sleeping in one room." It traces to the Late Latin word camera, meaning "chamber." Comradery was formed by attaching the -ry suffix (as found in wizardry and citizenry) to comrade.

Examples of comradery in a Sentence

the special comradery that exists between soldiers that have experienced the crucible of combat together
Recent Examples on the Web His father figured the comradery would be good for his son, especially in a year when normal social interactions were curtailed. Chris Quintana, USA Today, "Two fraternity deaths in two months. COVID didn't stop hazing - it hid it away from 'watchful eyes'," 27 Mar. 2021 Through podcasting, Civil plans to leverage new relationships and promote healthy comradery between women. Lydia T. Blanco, Forbes, "Karen Civil And Ming Lee’s New Podcast Dispels The Myth That Friends Can’t Do Business Together," 1 Mar. 2021 There’s an initial friendship that benefits her feeling some comradery. Essence, "Alisha Wainwright Talks New Film 'Palmer,' And Playing A Character Initially Written As a Blonde Woman," 29 Jan. 2021 The feeling was mutual with Turner experiencing the comradery of his new team instantly. Evan Dudley, al, "‘It’s going to be surreal’: UAB grad transfer Tyree Turner faces former team," 24 Sep. 2020 Intangibles like newsroom comradery and a sense of place. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Journalists mourn the loss of newsrooms as publishers give up office space to save money," 12 Aug. 2020 The comradery between the residents and members of the National Guard provided some hope for humanity during a time of so much pain and anger. Fox News, "National Guard helps clean up California city after night of George Floyd chaos," 2 June 2020 The early stages of the crisis have not demonstrated much of that comradery, with an every-nation-for-itself mentality taking hold. David Meyer, Fortune, "Scenarios for a post-COVID-19 world," 17 Apr. 2020 Despite the comradery so evident at events like Oct. 19′s Baltimore Running Festival, running, at its heart, is a solo sport., "Building Baltimore’s workout playlist: Runners, what songs motivate you most?," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of comradery

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for comradery

see camaraderie

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The first known use of comradery was in 1862

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2 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Comradery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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