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 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 For all the Maids, the comradery of the group and the pride of being selected is a highlight., "Reckon Women Q&A: Adair Rutledge," 12 July 2019 Reflecting on the season as a whole, Welteroth seemed buoyed by the new direction of the show, with the episodes often emphasizing comradery over conflict. Vincent Boucher, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Project Runway' Finds the "American Dream" in Winner Sebastian Grey," 14 June 2019 The banter and comradery between them go back to their longtime friendship when all three were with the Knicks. Joe Reedy, The Denver Post, "ESPN’s Mark Jackson “sees game like very few others”," 10 June 2019 Amid whiffs of truffle oil and warm maple syrup, there was an overall air of comradery; a glamorous village held together by their shared interest in a humblingly good cause. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Natalia Vodianova Puts the Fabulous in Her Fabulous Fund Fair With Vuitton, Dior, and Stella McCartney Goodies Up for Grabs," 20 Feb. 2019 Regardless of climbing skill level, Short hopes that community members develop friendships and comradery at the rock climbing gym. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Rock-climbing enthusiasts can set sights on Cypress," 28 Feb. 2018 In amongst the Belgian celebrations during their remarkable comeback win over Japan, however, there was a warm moment of comradery between Alderweireld and Vertonghen which was apparently not lost on Alderweireld after the game., "'Keep All the Belgians': Spurs Fans Plead with Toby Alderweireld to Stay as Defender Celebrates Win," 4 July 2018

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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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23 Apr 2020

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“Comradery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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