• WordNet 3.6
    • n society an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
    • n 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"
    • n society the fashionable elite
    • n society the state of being with someone "he missed their company","he enjoyed the society of his friends"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Rabelais Dissecting Society--portrait2 Rabelais Dissecting Society--portrait2
The Little Folks Humane Society The Little Folks Humane Society
Diploma of the Highland Society Diploma of the Highland Society

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is an organization called SCROOGE in Charlottesville, Virginia that stands for Society to Curtail Ridiculous, Outrageous, and Ostentatious Gift Exchanges. This was formed to keep gift giving affordable and simple
    • Society A number of persons associated for any temporary or permanent object; an association for mutual or joint usefulness, pleasure, or profit; a social union; a partnership; as, a missionary society .
    • Society Connection; participation; partnership. "The meanest of the people and such as have the least society with the acts and crimes of kings."
    • Society Specifically, the more cultivated portion of any community in its social relations and influences; those who mutually give receive formal entertainments.
    • Society The persons, collectively considered, who live in any region or at any period; any community of individuals who are united together by a common bond of nearness or intercourse; those who recognize each other as associates, friends, and acquaintances.
    • Society The relationship of men to one another when associated in any way; companionship; fellowship; company. "Her loved society .""There is society where none intrudes
      By the deep sea, and music in its roar."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to psychologists, the shoe and the foot are the most common sources of sexual fetishism in Western society
    • n society Fellowship; companionship; company: as, to enjoy the society of the learned; to avoid the society of the vicious.
    • n society Participation; sympathy.
    • n society Those persons collectively who are united by the common bond of neighborhood and intercourse, and who recognize one another as associates, friends, and acquaintances.
    • n society An entire civilized community, or a body of some or all such communities collectively, with its or their body of common interests and aims: with especial reference to the state of civilization, thought, usage, etc., at any period or in any land or region.
    • n society Specifically The more cultivated part of any community in its social and intellectual relations, interests, and influences; in a narrow sense, those, collectively, who are recognized as taking the lead in fashionable life; those persons of wealth and position who profess to act in accordance with a more or less artificial and exclusive code of etiquette; fashionable people in general: as, he is not received into society. In this sense frequently used adjectively: as, society people; society gossip; a society journal.
    • n society An organized association of persons united for the promotion of some common purpose or object, whether religious, benevolent, literary, scientific, political, convivial, or other; an association for pleasure, profit, or usefulness; a social union; a partnership; a club: as, the Society of Friends; the Society of the Cincinnati; a sewing society; a friendly society.
    • n society Specifically In ecclesiastical law, in some of the United States, the corporation or secular body organized pursuant to law with power to sue and be sued, and to hold and administer all the temporalities of a religious society or church, as distinguished from the body of communicants or members united bya confession of faith. When so used in this specific sense, members of the society are those who are entitled under the law to vote for trustees—usually adults who have been stated attendants for one year and have contributed to the support of the organization according to Its usages, while members of the church are those who have entered into a religious covenant with one another. To a considerable extent both bodies are the same persons acting in diiferent capacities. Under the law in some jurisdictions, and in some denominations in all jurisdictions, there is no such distinction.
    • n society Synonyms Corporation, fraternity, brotherhood.
    • n society Union, league, lodge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was formed in 1866.
    • ns Society fellowship, companionship: a number of persons associated for a common interest: a community or partnership: the civilised body of mankind, those who are recognised as the leaders in fashionable life, the fashionable world generally: persons who associate: any organised association for purposes literary, scientific, philanthropic, or ecclesiastical
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  • Karl A. Menninger
    Karl A. Menninger
    “What is done to children, they will do to society.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.”
  • Mignon McLaughlin
    “Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Society is founded upon cloth.”
  • Karl Marx
    “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. societas, fr. socius, a companion: cf. F. société,. See Social
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sociabilissociāre, to associate—socius, a companion.


In literature:

Of more than 1,000 deaths in Montreal, it is stated that only two were members of Temperance societies.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Director of the London Missionary Society.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Change is a law of life, and the development of society a natural growth.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
Religion is the very life of society, the very soul of a Christian State.
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
The Society had thus undertaken as great an amount of work as it could perform.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
It was to maintain the natural rights of man as accurately as the conditions of society allowed, and to do naught beside.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
Fresh-air society, children's aid society, society for protection of children, children's homes, etc.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
If that's society, I don't care for society.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
His attack upon society was evidence of this, and society punishes him by taking away the liberty which he has thus abused.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
My father had little taste for general society.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen

In poetry:

In such society as this
My weary soul would rest;
The man that dwells where Jesus is
Must be for ever blest.
"Hymn 152" by Isaac Watts
The rich man is invisible
In the crowd of his gay society;
But the poor man's delight
Is a sore in the sight,
And a stench in the nose of piety.
"Rich & Poor; or Saint & Sinner" by Thomas Love Peacock
An aged fox near the place chanc'd to dwell,
Talkative, clever, and learned as well;
The boy his society used to prize,
Hearing with pleasure his wonders and lies.
"The Dilettante And The Critic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I love tranquil solitude,
And such society
As is quiet, wise, and good:
Between thee and me
What diff'rence? but thou dost possess
The things I seek, not love them less.
"Invocation" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
I ask but to be left alone;
And let the wicked man atone
In graft for having energy
To sin against society.
For, clearly, I commit no crime,
Since I do nothing all the time.
"The Weary Philosopher" by C J Dennis
Oh, thou demon Drink, thou fell destroyer;
Thou curse of society, and its greatest annoyer.
What hast thou done to society, let me think?
I answer thou hast caused the most of ills, thou demon Drink.
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

On Oct 14, the Holy Trinity Rosary Society and the Holy Trinity Men's Group will sponsor a roast pork dinner, followed by a talk by Beth Lynch, a Kateri Tekekwitha historian from the Martyrs' Shrine in Auriesville.
The US Geological Society is reporting a 5.8-magnitude aftershock has hit northern Myanmar hours.
EDMOND — Area elementary schools received an unexpected gift from the Samuel King Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution .
The Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at the McClurg Museum on May 5 with Regent Antoniette Sherman as hostess.
The General Adam Stephen Chapter, National Society, Sons of the American Revolution , held its winter meeting at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg on Jan 20, 2012.
We now live a society that craves the look of the youth.
She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists .
The American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists submitted the application for recognition to the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure in 2011.
The Council on Dental Education and Licensure voted May 4 to support the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists ' request for specialty recognition.
From 9 am, to 12 pm, on June 6, Quilts and Fixins in Jonesboro will host its annual benefit for the Clayton County Humane Society.
The South Dakota State Historical Society is showing film footage of President John F Kennedy's visit to the dedication ceremony of the Oahe Dam in 1962 Society at the Cultural Heritage Center on Sunday.
Describing himself as "A happy guy--doing what he loves" Richard Biggs told the Duneland Historical Society about his work with violins and bows at the society's meeting November 15 at the Library Service Center.
The events are sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the Whitestone Hill Historical Society.
The Morrison County Genealogy Society (MCGS), working with the Morrison County Historical Society, will again present The Gathering, this time in Royalton, Sunday, Aug 5.
This is the Chippewa County Historical Society's 34th annual event, and will continue the Society's commemoration of the U.S./Dakota War of 1862, as well as the US Civil War by highlighting the 1860's.

In science:

Bollob´as, ed.), Vol. 10 of Bolyai Society Mathematical Studies, Springer.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem
Mannochi, eds., Italian Physical Society Conf.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: their Sources
In particular, models of networks with more complex connectivities than the traditional uncorrelated random graphs have been introduced [5, 6] and used to describe many systems in nature and society [7, 8, 9]. A random graph is a set of N vertices (sites) connected by B links (bonds).
Majority-vote model on random graphs
Bollob´as, ed.), Vol. 10 of Bolyai Society Mathematical Studies, Springer.
Completing a k-1 assignment
Minsky, M. (1986) The Society of Mind, Simon and Schuster, New York 61.
Mathematical Models in Schema Theory