• WordNet 3.6
    • n brethren (plural) the lay members of a male religious order
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brethren pl. of Brother.☞ This form of the plural is used, for the most part, in solemn address, and in speaking of religious sects or fraternities, or their members.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brethren Plural of brother. See phrases under brother.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pl Brethren breth′ren of Brother (q.v.).
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  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness --a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.”
  • Bible
    “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
  • Giuseppe Mazzini
    “God has given you your country as cradle, and humanity as mother; you cannot rightly love your brethren of the cradle if you love not the common mother.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
  • Bible
    “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.”


In literature:

Thus also, through becoming acquainted with other brethren, the Lord led me on.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
And he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
My brethren shall know before long him whom their chiefs have chosen to lead this great vengeance.
"The Pearl of Lima" by Jules Verne
Solomon ben Isaac, called Rashi, the great exegete, was looked up to as an authority by others beside his brethren in faith.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
The brethren go about the beds administering the last offices of the Church to the dying.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
I suppose the brethren have used up all my best cigars?
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
This godlike work may be fully done by our Christian brethren of the North.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
It would cost three million five hundred thousand dollars a year, to provide for the safety of our Southern brethren in this way!
"An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" by Lydia Maria Child
And when the brethren heard of this outrage put upon their usages there would be hard times for her.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Moreover, she was oppressed by her own brethren, and this was indeed bitter.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill

In poetry:

In the one pit where ye repose,
Would I could tell of France's woes,
My brethren, who fell facing foes--
But no!
"The Exile’s Desire" by Victor Marie Hugo
The Church of God is one:
As brethren here we meet;
For us salvation’s work is done,
In Christ we stand complete.
"The Church Of God Is One" by Daniel Webster Moody
Hearken to me, gentlemen,
Come and you shall heare;
He tell you of two of the boldest brethren,
That ever born y-were.
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
Brethren, how shall it fare with me
When the war is laid aside,
If it be proven that I am he
For whom a world has died?
"The Question" by Rudyard Kipling
It was the Lord of Hare-castle,
And to the duke he said,
"Yon little band of brethren true
Will meet us undismay'd."—
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
"For Scotland's conquer'd up and down;
Landmen we'll never be!
Now, will you go, my brethren two,
And try some jeopardy?"
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang

In news:

After consulting with my blogging brethren, I was looking to play matchmaker between AFC South teams and restricted free agents.
Rodney Lingenfelter, pastor of Altoona Grace Brethren Church, will speak.
His father was an Evangelical United Brethren minister.
One idea I wanted to explore at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last week was the extent to which technology found on very large yachts trickles down to their smaller brethren, say those in the 40- to 60-foot range.
A veteran's 40-year tradition -- honoring his brethren nightly in Cape May .
Collinsville Church of the Brethren.
Brethren Fellowship volunteers provide both.
"Whatsoever you do unto the least of my brethren, you do also unto me".
Many voting brethren say they don't want to reward those who effectively hid their steroid use compared to those who got caught.
Even in losses, enriched by my brethren in fandom .
The U-M's latest restaurant may lack the aged patina of its brethren in the Michigan Union and Michigan League, but it more than makes up for that in wonderful food.
This is the day Alaskans crow about to their brethren in the Lower 48, trying to make them jealous that the government gives them money to just live here.
I recently had the pleasure of competing in my first non-local non-"Top Shot" competition at the Fallen Brethren 3 Gun Competition in Jacksburo, TX.
Rats and mice, along with their smaller animal brethren.
1 THE BRETHREN, by John Grisham.

In science:

The quantum (assembly) languages belonging to the second and third categories above, while superficially akin to their classical brethren, nevertheless deprives the programmer of the intuitive feel of a quantum circuit.
QuECT: A New Quantum Programming Paradigm
Recent results from simulation work on the disk/outflow connection ( Pudritz and Banarjee, 2005) as well as from observations (Zhang et al., 2002; Beuther et al., 2004) further indicate that molecular outflows from massive stars may be approximately modeled as scaled-up versions of their lower mass brethren.
Molecular Outflows in Low- and High-Mass Star Forming Regions
We have demonstrated that the hard (2–10 keV) X-rays produced directly by a population of OB stars, their remnants, and their accompanying lower-mass brethren are dominated by the small fraction of massive stars that form X-ray binaries.
The Hard X-ray Luminosity of OB Star Populations: Implications for the Contribution of Star Formation to the Cosmic X-ray Background