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Noun fraternity has 2 senses


fraternityn. [F. fraternité, L. fraternitas.].
  •  The state or quality of being fraternal or brotherly; brotherhood.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Men of the same class, profession, occupation, character, or tastes.  [1913 Webster]
    "With what terms of respect knaves and sots will speak of their own fraternity!"  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [WordNet 1.5]


fraternity, n. (pl. -ies)
1 a religious brotherhood.
2 a group or company with common interests, or of the same professional class.
3 US a male students' society in a university or college.
4 being fraternal; brotherliness.

ME f. OF fraternit{eacute} f. L fraternitas -tatis (as FRATERNAL)



affiliation, agnation, alignment, alliance, amalgamation, ancestry, association, blood, blood relationship, boon companionship, brotherhood, brotherliness, brothership, cahoots, camaraderie, chumship, circle, clan, clannishness, clique, closeness, club, coadunation, coalescence, coalition, cognation, colleagueship, collegialism, collegiality, combination, common ancestry, common descent, community, community of interest, companionship, company, comradeship, confederacy, confederation, confraternity, confrerie, connection, consanguinity, consociation, consolidation, consortship, cooperation, copartnership, copartnery, coterie, country club, cousinhood, cousinship, crowd, enation, esprit de corps, fatherhood, federation, fellowship, filiation, fraternal order, fraternalism, fraternization, freemasonry, friendship, fusion, guild, hookup, inclusion, incorporation, integration, kindred, kinship, league, maternity, matrilineage, matriliny, matrisib, matrocliny, membership, merger, motherhood, order, partaking, participation, partnership, paternity, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, propinquity, relatedness, relation, relationship, secret society, set, sharing, sibship, sisterhood, sisterliness, sistership, society, sodality, solidarity, sorority, tie-in, tie-up, ties of blood, unification, union, unity




N consanguinity, relationship, kindred, blood, parentage, filiation, affiliation, lineage, agnation, connection, alliance, family connection, family tie, ties of blood, nepotism, kinsman, kinfolk, kith and kin, relation, relative, connection, sibling, sib, next of kin, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, cousin, cousin- german, first cousin, second cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, ear relation, distant relation, brother, sister, one's own flesh and blood, family, fraternity, brotherhood, sisterhood, cousinhood, race, stock, generation, sept, stirps, side, strain, breed, clan, tribe, nation, related, akin, consanguineous, of the blood, family, allied, collateral, cognate, agnate, connate, kindred, affiliated, fraternal, intimately related, nearly related, closely related, remotely related, distantly related, allied, german.


N assemblage, collection, collocation, colligation, compilation, levy, gathering, ingathering, muster, attroupement, team, concourse, conflux, congregation, contesseration, convergence, meeting, levee, reunion, drawing room, at home, conversazione, assembly, congress, convention, conventicle, gemote, conclave, posse, posse comitatus, Noah's ark, miscellany, collectanea, museum, menagerie, museology, crowd, throng, group, flood, rush, deluge, rabble, mob, press, crush, cohue, horde, body, tribe, crew, gang, knot, squad, band, party, swarm, shoal, school, covey, flock, herd, drove, atajo, bunch, drive, force, mulada, remuda, roundup, array, bevy, galaxy, corps, company, troop, troupe, task force, army, regiment, host, populousness, clan, brotherhood, fraternity, sorority, association, volley, shower, storm, cloud, group, cluster, Pleiades, clump, pencil, set, batch, lot, pack, budget, assortment, bunch, parcel, packet, package, bundle, fascine, fasces, bale, seron, seroon, fagot, wisp, truss, tuft, shock, rick, fardel, stack, sheaf, haycock, fascicle, fascicule, fasciculus, gavel, hattock, stook, accumulation, congeries, heap, lump, pile, rouleau, tissue, mass, pyramid, bing, drift, snowball, snowdrift, acervation, cumulation, glomeration, agglomeration, conglobation, conglomeration, conglomerate, coacervate, coacervation, coagmentation, aggregation, concentration, congestion, omnium gaterum, spicilegium, black hole of Calcutta, quantity, collector, gatherer, whip, whipper in, assembled, closely packed, dense, serried, crowded to suffocation, teeming, swarming, populous, as thick as hops, all of a heap, fasciculated cumulative, the plot thickens, acervatim, tibi seris tibi metis.


N friendship, amity, friendliness, brotherhood, fraternity, sodality, confraternity, harmony, peace, firm friendship, staunch friendship, intimate friendship, familiar friendship, bosom friendship, cordial friendship, tried friendship, devoted friendship, lasting friendship, fast friendship, sincere friendship, warm friendship, ardent friendship, cordiality, fraternization, entente cordiale, good understanding, rapprochement, sympathy, fellow-feeling, response, welcomeness, affection, favoritism, good will, acquaintance, familiarity, intimacy, intercourse, fellowship, knowledge of, introduction, friendly, amicable, amical, well-affected, unhostile, neighborly, brotherly, fraternal, sympathetic, harmonious, hearty, cordial, warm- hearted, friends with, well with, at home with, hand in hand with, on good terms, on friendly terms, on amicable terms, on cordial terms, on familiar terms, on intimate terms, on good footing, on speaking terms, on visiting terms, in one's good graces, in one's good books, acquainted, familiar, intimate, thick, hand and glove, hail fellow well met, free and easy, welcome, amicably, with open arms, sans ceremonie, arm in arm, amicitia semper prodest, a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one, friendship is love without either flowers or veil, trulgus amicitias utilitate probat.

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