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n. pl. con·fra·ter·ni·ties
An association of persons united in a common purpose or profession.

[Middle English confraternite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cōnfrāternitās, from cōnfrāter, colleague; see confrere.]


n, pl -ties
a group of men united for some particular purpose, esp Christian laymen organized for religious or charitable service; brotherhood
[C15: from Medieval Latin confrāternitās; see confrère, fraternity]
ˌconfraˈternal adj


(ˌkɒn frəˈtɜr nɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a lay brotherhood devoted to some religious or charitable service.
2. a society, esp. of men, united for some purpose or in some profession.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin confrāternitās, derivative of confrāter (see confrere), on the model of Latin frāternitās fraternity]
con`fra•ter′nal, adj.


a brotherhood, especially a group of men bound by a common goal or interest.
See also: Society


 an association of men united together for some profession or object. See also brotherhood, clan, fraternity.
Examples: confraternity of aldermen, 1654; of chimney sweeps, 1688; of men-milliners [‘dandies’], 1885; of monks and friars, 1688; of potters, 1601; of traitors, 1872.
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sections on spaces of piety and charity, spaces of ritual and theater, and spaces of identity and rivalry they consider such topics as from isolation to inclusion: confraternities in colonial Mexico City, devotion and the promotion of public morality: confraternities and sodalities in early modern Ireland, staging the Passion in the ritual city: stational crosses and confraternal spectacle in late Renaissance Milan, the performance of devotion: ritual and patronage at the Oratorio del ss.
Friars, Scribes, and Corpses: A Marian Confraternal Reading of The Mirror of Human Salvation (Speculum humanae salvationis).
Podemos medir el fervor dedicado a Benito gracias a la importancia del movimiento confraternal en la poblacion de color negro.
Chapter 2 follows a sequence of charitable institutions that grew out of small confraternal hospitals responding to political or demographic crises.
This by implication referred to the time prior to the inauspicious confraternal merger of a half-century earlier.
143) Nicholas Terpstra, 'Apprenticeship in Social Welfare: From Confraternal Charity to Municipal Poor Relief in Early Modern Italy', Sixteenth Century Journal, 25 (1994), 101-20 (pp.
The first steps toward poor relief had been taken in the mid-fifteenth century and had been based on confraternal and guild models that encouraged mutual assistance.
Under the influence of Baroque religiosity, the settlers applauded the Africans for emulating the suffering of Christ through these rituals, and they openly affirmed them through their philanthropic testaments, charitable donations, mystical enslavement, and confraternal membership.
Pela promocao entre varios segmentos laicos da sociedade de uma espiritualidade centrada no valor dos meritos protectores propiciados por Nossa Senhora da Misericordia e no culto da Paixao de Cristo, que se objectivava no amor confraternal, na compaixao pelos sofrentes, na pratica de obras de caridade e num vasto conjunto de representacoes exteriores dessa piedade, que atingiram o seu paroxismo nas procissoes de Endoencas, anualmente celebradas na Quinta-feira santa, tradicao que persiste em muitas localidades portuguesas.
A palavra de ordem do corpo confraternal era adaptar-se aos novos tempos, porem sempre reafirmando o legado que permitia aos confrades se reconhecerem mutuamente.
Merivale further states that since Leopardi's "patriotic feeling could not be otherwise than earnest and intense, it assumed the aspect rather of despondency and scorn than of hope and confraternal sympathy.
Part of the writer's discursive paraphernalia on home include, home as a place where one comes from (home-country), Africa as confraternal home, home as place to be defended, home as a place where one escapes from and escapes to, home as exclusion and home as inclusion.