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Brotherhood definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BROTH'ERHOOD, n. [brother and hood.] The state or quality of being a brother.
1. An association of men for any purpose,as a society of monks; a fraternity.
2. A class of men of the same kind, profession, or occupation.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the kinship relation between a male offspring and the siblings
2: people engaged in a particular occupation; "the medical fraternity" [syn: brotherhood, fraternity, sodality]
3: the feeling that men should treat one another like brothers
4: an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a job" [syn: union, labor union, trade union, trades union, brotherhood]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English brotherhede, brotherhod, alteration of brotherrede, from Old English br?thorr?den, from br?thor + r?den condition more at kindred Date: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being brothers 2. fellowship, alliance 3. an association (as a labor union or monastic society) for a particular purpose 4. the whole body of persons engaged in a business or profession

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a the relationship between brothers. b brotherly friendliness; companionship. 2 a an association, society, or community of people linked by a common interest, religion, trade, etc. b its members collectively. 3 US a trade union. 4 community of feeling between all human beings. Etymology: ME alt. f. brotherrede f. OE brothor-ræden (cf. KINDRED) after words in -HOOD, -HEAD

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brotherhood Broth"er*hood, n. [Brother + -hood.] 1. The state of being brothers or a brother. 2. An association for any purpose, as a society of monks; a fraternity. 3. The whole body of persons engaged in the same business, -- especially those of the same profession; as, the legal or medical brotherhood. 4. Persons, and, poetically, things, of a like kind. A brotherhood of venerable trees. --Wordsworth. Syn: Fraternity; association; fellowship; sodality.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(brotherhoods) 1. Brotherhood is the affection and loyalty that you feel for people who you have something in common with. People threw flowers into the river between the two countries as a symbolic act of brotherhood... 2. A brotherhood is an organization whose members all have the same political aims and beliefs or the same job or profession. ...a secret international brotherhood. N-COUNT: usu with supp

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

bruth'-er-hood: The rare occurrence of the term (only Zec 11:14 and 1Pe 2:17) in contrast with the abundant use of "brother," "brethren," seems to indicate that the sense of the vital relation naturally called for the most concrete expression: "the brethren." But in 1Pe 2:17 the abstract is used for the concrete. In the Old Testament the brotherhood of all Israelites was emphasized; but in the New Testament the brotherhood in Christ is a relation so much deeper and stronger as to eclipse the other.


Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Relation of a brother, body of brethren. 2. Brotherliness, mutual kindness, friendliness, fraternal feeling, brotherly love. 3. Fraternity, association, sodality, society, clique, coterie, clan, junto.

Moby Thesaurus

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