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n. pl. so·dal·i·ties
1. A society or an association, especially a devotional or charitable society for the laity in the Roman Catholic Church.
2. Fellowship.

[French sodalité, from Old French, from Latin sodālitās, fellowship, from sodālis, companion; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ties
1. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a religious or charitable society
2. fraternity; fellowship
[C16: from Latin sodālitās fellowship, from sodālis a comrade]


(soʊˈdæl ɪ ti, sə-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. fellowship; comradeship.
2. an association or society.
3. a Roman Catholic lay society for religious and charitable purposes.
[1590–1600; < Latin sodālitās companionship =sodāl(is) companion + -itās -ity]


a fellowship, brotherhood, or other association of a benevolent nature, especially in the Roman Catholic Church. — sodalist, n., adj.
See also: Catholicism
a fellowship, brotherhood, or other association of a benevolent nature, especially in the Roman Catholic Church. — sodalist, n., adj.
See also: Society


 a fellowship or fraternity.
Examples: military sodality of musketeers, crossbowmen, archers, swordsmen in every town, 1855; the sodality of the Chaplet of Our Lady, 1628; the sodality with the Jesuits to overthrow our country, 1600; the seraphick sodality (seraphim collectively), 1737.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sodality - people engaged in a particular occupation; "the medical fraternity"
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
brother - a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group); "none of his brothers would betray him"
sodalist - a member of a sodality


[səʊˈdælɪtɪ] Nhermandad f, cofradía f
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But government can't be credible if public life is "morally void," if citizens hunker down defensively in religious sodalities, unions, neighborhood, racial and other groups that no longer point them outward to a larger civic life.
Chapter 2, based on the author's reading of abundant secondary literature, discusses the African roots of the cabildos de naciones and emphasizes their uniqueness by distinguishing them from the prevailing Catholic lay sodalities named cofradias.
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Although booksellers and publishers did not belong to a guild, their professional identity was often linked to participation in particular religious sodalities.
Sodalities and societies and confraternities honor and invoke her help in special rituals--one, in Spain, especially includes homosexuals, gypsies, and sailors.