• WordNet 3.6
    • n fraternity people engaged in a particular occupation "the medical fraternity"
    • n fraternity a social club for male undergraduates
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fraternity A body of men associated for their common interest, business, or pleasure; a company; a brotherhood; a society; in the Roman Catholic Church, an association for special religious purposes, for relieving the sick and destitute, etc.
    • Fraternity A social club for male college undergraduates. They often have secret initiation rites, and are named by the use of two or three Greek letters. The corresponding association for women students is called a sorority.
    • Fraternity Men of the same class, profession, occupation, character, or tastes. "With what terms of respect knaves and sots will speak of their own fraternity !"
    • Fraternity The state or quality of being fraternal or brotherly; brotherhood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fraternity The relationship of a brother; the condition of being a brother or of being brothers; brotherhood.
    • n fraternity Hence That mutual interest and affection which is characteristic of the fraternal relation; brotherly regard and sympathy for others, regardless of relationship by blood; brotherhood in general.
    • n fraternity A body of men associated by some natural tie, as of common interest or character, of common business or profession, or by some formal tie, as of organization for religious or social purposes; a company; a brotherhood; a society: as, a fraternity of monks; a college fraternity.
    • n fraternity Specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, an organization of laymen for pious or charitable purposes, as the special worship of Christ, the honor of the Virgin Mary or of particular saints, the care of the distressed, sick, or dead, etc. Also called confraternity, gild, or sodality. Synonyms and Association, circle, sodality, league, clan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fraternity the state of being brethren: a society formed on a principle of brotherhood
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  • Victor Hugo
    “Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “The deadly Hydra now is the hydra of Equality. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity is the three-fanged serpent.”
  • Herman Melville
    “I feel that the Godhead is broken up like the bread at the Supper, and that we are the pieces. Hence this infinite fraternity of feeling.”
  • Arthur Hugh Clough
    Arthur Hugh Clough
    “The highest political buzz word is not liberty, equality, fraternity or solidarity; it is service.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fraternité, L. fraternitas,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. fraternalisfrater, a brother, Eng. brother, Gr. phratēr, a clansman, Sans. bhrāta.


In literature:

A luckless member of the fraternity too!
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
Will dis be a continual performance for the benefit of de fraternity?
"In His Steps" by Charles M. Sheldon
Our soldiers were no sooner inside the lines than the two armies began to fraternize.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
One young porter, however, came up and fraternized with him.
"The Small House at Allington" by Anthony Trollope
Henry received it; and, getting upon the bed with his sisters, shared with them not only the orange, but kind fraternal feelings.
"Lizzy Glenn" by T. S. Arthur
One great fraternal organization has already done, and is still loyally doing, more than its share.
"California, Romantic and Resourceful" by John F. Davis
But he could not escape the keen eyes and kindly generosity of the fraternity of toilers.
"The Landloper" by Holman Day
On the 20th of October, 1868, he delivered an address before the Parker Fraternity, in the Music Hall, by special invitation.
"Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
McQuade had an able lieutenant in Alderman Martin, whom the sporting fraternity followed loyally.
"Half a Rogue" by Harold MacGrath
The Hague Conference followed, six preachers on a side, and the States of Holland exhorted to fraternal compromise.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I." by John Lothrop Motley

In poetry:

May we, with fraternal mind,
Bless our Brothers of mankind!
May we, through redeeming love,
Be the blest of God above!
"The Hymn For All Nations: 1851. (Translated Into Thirty Languages)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
We may look home, and seek in vain
A fond fraternal heart,
But Christ hath given His promise plain
To do a Brother's part.
"Second Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble
To each unknown his brother's prayer,
Yet brethren true in dearest love
Were they—and now they share
Fraternal joys above.
"Monday In Easter Week" by John Keble
My friends, th' Italians, Dutch, and Swiss,
To me so true and steady,
I leave my fond fraternal kiss—
So now to die I'm ready.
"Buonaparte's Will" by Thomas Stott
Forests great are growing,
And in long waves going
Glommen's valley fill to overflowing,—
There are green slopes vernal,
Glad with joy fraternal,
Open to the light supernal.
"To Erika Lie" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Clouds--ye eternal wanderers in hunting grounds of air,
High o'er the verdant Steppes, wide through the blue of heaven--
Coursing fraternal,--say, must ye exiled as I
From the beloved North to the far South be driven?
"To The Clouds" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov

In news:

The Fraternal Order of Police—representing D.C.'s 3600 police officers, detectives, and sergeants—has called for an investigation into the DC police department's reporting of sexual assault.
Police searched Fresno State fraternity house after hazing death.
12 cited with underage drinking at UT fraternity house .
Fresno police are sorting through new evidence as they investigate the death of a Fresno State student who died after an event at an off-campus fraternity house .
Detectives spent several hours serving a search warrant Friday at the Theta Chi Fraternity house near Fresno State.
A California State University, Fresno student has died after a night of drinking at an off-campus fraternity house , prompting university officials to suspend recognition of the fraternity.
Tillotson camp critical of fraternity house deal.
Details of a dispute that began last year over the matter of a new fraternity house that was being constructed 7 feet too tall became election-year ammunition yesterday for the challenger for the Sixth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council.
New trial ordered in fraternity house sex assault case.
Ohio fraternity house shooting kills 1, hurts 11.
Jeremiah Masoli, Garrett Embry charged in fraternity house theft.
Questions for everyone in case of fraternity house , UO football players and missing computers.
Several fraternities, including Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon, have agreed to move to a new fraternity row off campus.
Paul Ryan left an impression on fraternity brothers.
The Greater Naples, Florida alumnae chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity was awarded the H.K.

In science:

Using Line Profiles to Test the Fraternity of Type Ia Supernovae at High and Low Redshifts.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
Bignami, G.F., Caraveo, P.A.) 1996, “Geminga, its fenomenology, its fraternity and its physics”, ARAA 34, 331 22. Бионта и др. (Bionta, R.M., Blewitt, G., Bratton, C.B., Caspere, D., Ciocio, A.) 1987, “Observation of a neutrino burst in coincidence with supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud”, Phys.
Astrophysics of isolated neutron stars: radioquiet neutron stars and magnetars
Transitive fraternal augmentations of graphs in linear time 4.1.
Grad and Classes with Bounded Expansion II. Algorithmic Aspects
In the augmentation process, we add two kind of arcs: transitivity arcs and fraternity arcs.
Grad and Classes with Bounded Expansion II. Algorithmic Aspects
Now, we shall consider the fraternity edges.
Grad and Classes with Bounded Expansion II. Algorithmic Aspects