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so•ci•e•ty(səˈsaɪ ɪ ti)
n., pl. -ties,
2. an upper class based on quality, nobility, etc.
2. its principles and practices.
3. Sometimes Pejorative. any small, strong unit of local political and social organization.
2. a family, tribe, or other social group ruled by a matriarch or matriarchs. — matriarchic, adj.
2. the state or quality of being a parvenu or upstart. — parvenu, n., adj.
2. a clan or other unit of a primitive tribe.
2. the science of the fundamental laws of social relations, institutions, etc. — sociologist, n. — sociologie, sociological, adj.
2. the practice of regarding such a totem as mystically related to the family, clan, or group and therefore not to be hunted.
3. a system of tribal organization according to totems. — totemic, adj.
Societythe people in the fashionable world, 1813; certain communities of animals or insects.
- Civilization, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder —Anon
- A good civilization spreads over us freely like a tree, varying and yielding because it is alive. A bad civilization stands up and sticks out above us like an umbrella —G. K. Chesterton
- A community is like a ship; every one ought to be prepared to take the helm —Henrik Ibsen
- Modern society is like a Calder mobile: disturb it here and it jiggles over there, too —George F. Will
- Social life is a form of do-it-yourself theater —Muriel Oxenberg Murphy, New York Times interview
- Societies, like individuals, have their moral crises and their spiritual revolutions —Richard H. Tawney
- Society is a kind of parent to its members. If it, and they, are to thrive, its values must be clear, coherent and generally acceptable —Milton R. Sapirstein
- Society is a masked ball, where everyone hides his real character, and reveals it in hiding —Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Society is like air; very high up, it is sublimated, too low down, a perfect choke-damp —Anon
- Society is like a lawn, where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface —Washington Irving
- Society is like a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not —Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Society is like the air, necessary to breathe, but insufficient to live on —George Santayana
Society refers to people in general, considered as a large organized group.
When society has this meaning, don't use 'a' or 'the' in front of it.
A society refers to the people of a particular country, considered as an organized group.
A society is also an organization for people who share an interest or aim.
|Noun||1.||society - an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization|
social group - people sharing some social relation
sector - a social group that forms part of the society or the economy; "the public sector"
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
civilization, civilisation - a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations); "the people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization"
culture, civilisation, civilization - a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"
open society - a society that allows its members considerable freedom (as in a democracy); "America's open society has made it an easy target for terrorists"
tribal society - a society with the social organization of a tribe
social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
|2.||society - a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"|
association - a formal organization of people or groups of people; "he joined the Modern Language Association"
bookclub - a club that people join in order to buy selected books at reduced prices
chapter - a local branch of some fraternity or association; "he joined the Atlanta chapter"
chess club - a club of people to play chess
country club - a suburban club for recreation and socializing
glee club - a club organized to sing together
golf club - a club of people to play golf
investors club - a club of small investors who buy and sell securities jointly
jockey club - a club to promote and regulate horse racing
racket club - club for players of racket sports
rowing club - a club for rowers
slate club - a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose (usually distributed at Christmas)
sorority - a social club for female undergraduates
turnverein - a club of tumblers or gymnasts
service club - a club of professional or business people organized for their coordination and active in public services
club member - someone who is a member of a club
|3.||society - the state of being with someone; "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends"|
freemasonry - a natural or instinctive fellowship between people of similar interests; "he enjoyed the freemasonry of the Press"
|4.||society - the fashionable elite |
Four Hundred - the exclusive social set of a city
"Human life in common is only made possible when a majority comes together which is stronger than any separate individual and which remains united against all separate individuals" [Sigmund Freud Civilization and Its Discontents]
"Man did not enter into society to become worse than he was before, nor to have fewer rights than he had before, but to have those rights better secured" [Thomas Paine The Rights of Man]
"There is no such thing as society" [Margaret Thatcher]
"He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god" [Aristotle Politics]
he was a danger to society → era un peligro para la sociedad
a multi-cultural society → una sociedad pluricultural
I enjoyed his society → me encantó su compañía
in the society of → en compañía de, acompañado por
in polite society → entre gente educada
to go into society [girl] → ponerse de largo
to move in society → frecuentar la alta sociedad
We live in a multi-cultural society → Nous vivons dans une société multiculturelle.
a drama society → un club de théâtre
the film society → le ciné-club
I'm on the committee of the local film society
societyin cpds → Gesellschafts-;
to live in society → vivere in società
he was a danger to society → era un pericolo pubblico
film society → cineclub m inv
learned society → circolo culturale