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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Confraternity A society or body of men united for some purpose, or in some profession; a brotherhood. "These live in one society and confraternity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n confraternity A brotherhood; a society or body of men united for some purpose or in some profession; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, a lay brotherhood devoted to some particular religious or charitable service: as (in the middle ages), the confraternity of bridge-builders. The word is now similarly used in the Anglican and Protestant Episcopal churches. Also called sodality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Confraternity kon-fra-tėr′ni-ti a brotherhood: clan: brotherly friendship.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. confraternitas,: cf. F. confraternité,. See Fraternity


In literature:

The privilege of weaving was confined to the confraternity of the guild.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
He was now talking to another member of the same confraternity, but of a very different character.
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
He was on the staff of a morning journal, and, though not a gallery man, knew most of the confraternity.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893" by Various
The striking historical compositions of Gentile were at once in demand by the great confraternities.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
In Trieste confraternities were established very early.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Confraternities, institution of, ii.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
He is the most unpopular composer alive with the critical confraternity.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
No one of these, however, attained the importance of the Confraternity of the Passion.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Confraternities were formed in the Church for their greater veneration.
"A Cursory History of Swearing" by Julian Sharman
They come to the Presbytery to discuss their plans and schemes, and to organise the Confraternity devotions.
"The Priestly Vocation" by Bishop Bernard Ward
It had always been a matter of dispute amongst the confraternity as to where Matthew Space slept.
"Mad" by George Manville Fenn
All the confraternities took part in it.
"Cuba Past and Present" by Richard Davey
Far more; in order to be allowed to serve the Commune, it was necessary to belong to such a confraternity.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
The Confraternities (Chiesa dei Pellegrini, etc.).
"The Story of Assisi" by Lina Duff Gordon
He began by mocking his friends of the confraternity.
"The White Peacock" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
As early as the fourteenth century we meet with their celebrated confraternity, placed under the patronage of Sts.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
Stephens was engaged to a girl in the country, King belonged to some confraternity of celibates.
"A Lost Cause" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Reformed Churches, Confraternity among the, 20; Confessions.
"A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)" by Thomas M. Lindsay
Yet is it an impossible hope that some day a league or confraternity to fight the battle may be started?
"'I Believe' and other essays" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull