con·​fra·​ter | \ kənˈfrätə(r), (ˈ)kän¦f- \
plural confraters\ -​ə(r)z \ or confratres\ -​ä‧ˌtrez , -​es \

Definition of confrater

1 : a member of a confraternity
2 : an associate of a monastery or monastic group who received certain privileges (as a share in prayers) without corresponding responsibilities (as rigorous life or restrictive vows)

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History and Etymology for confrater

Medieval Latin, from Latin com- + frater brother

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“Confrater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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