con·​fra·​ter·​ni·​ty | \ ˌkän-frə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce confraternity (audio) \

Definition of confraternity

1 : a society devoted especially to a religious or charitable cause
2 : fraternal union

Examples of confraternity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Literary biographers—writers who devote their lives to other writers’ lives—are a confraternity of old soldiers who like to trade battle stories. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "James Atlas’s Life in Life-Writing," 9 Sep. 2019 The band was followed by a religious confraternity in full regalia, as members of the military police’s art-theft unit carried the statue to Monteroduni’s main church. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Hundreds of Italy’s Churches Were Robbed of Artworks. This One Was Recovered.," 22 Oct. 2017 As a result, diversity moves us further away from Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of confraternity among different peoples and equal justice under the law and in the eyes of God. WSJ, "Identity Politics Is the Poison of Public Life," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of confraternity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confraternity

Middle English confraternite, from Medieval Latin confraternitat-, confraternitas, from confrater fellow, brother, from Latin com- + frater brother — more at brother

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“Confraternity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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