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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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The Prior sat down, and at great leisure indited an epistle to Brian de Bois-Guilbert, and having carefully sealed up the tablets, delivered them to the Jew, saying, ``This will be thy safe-conduct to the Preceptory of Templestowe, and, as I think, is most likely to accomplish the delivery of thy daughter, if it be well backed with proffers of advantage and commodity at thine own hand; for, trust me well, the good Knight Bois-Guilbert is of their confraternity that do nought for nought.
Whereupon, as if released on either side from some kind of vague fear, our confidences came thick and fast, when we found that we were in the same confraternity of love.
The "voyageurs" form a kind of confraternity in the Canadas, like the arrieros, or carriers of Spain, and, like them, are employed in long internal expeditions of travel and traffic: with this difference, that the arrieros travel by land, the voyageurs by water; the former with mules and horses, the latter with batteaux and canoes.
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Horowitz embeds the statutes of this confraternity within a detailed history of local Jewries and links both to the broader themes of social and cultural history.
Cardinal Mahony mentions that parish life in 1955 was filled with such sacramental, educational and devotional activities as devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Ladies' Sodality, the Holy Name Society, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, youth groups, and the Legion of Mary.
The confraternity (brotherhood) the family helped create in honor of the devotion continued to be controlled by it for the rest of the century.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Leominster, where she taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for eight years.
I was part of the children's confraternity in my local parish.
Ilaria Taddei, a contributor to Eisenbichler's volume, considers the Florentine youth confraternity (also studied by Richard Trexler and Ronald Weissman) in the second part of her exhaustively-researched monograph Fanciulli e giovani, while she details in its first part the Florentine system of age-group identification.
As context Farnhill provides a useful survey of recent research on English and continental European guilds before assessing patterns of confraternity activity in East Anglia.
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