gemeinschaft

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noun ge·mein·schaft \gə-ˈmīn-ˌshäft\

Definition of gemeinschaft

  1. :  a spontaneously arising organic social relationship characterized by strong reciprocal bonds of sentiment and kinship within a common tradition; also :  a community or society characterized by this relationship — compare gesellschaft

Origin and Etymology of gemeinschaft

German, community, from gemein common, general (from Old High German gimeini) + -schaft -ship — more at mean


First Known Use: 1937


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