Sodality So*dal"i*ty, n.; pl. {Sodalities}. [L. sodalitas, fr. sodalis a comrade.] 1. A fellowship or fraternity; a brotherhood. [1913 Webster]

2. (R. C. Ch.) Specifically, a lay association for devotion or for charitable purposes. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Sodality — • It would not be possible to give a definition making a clear distinction between the sodalities and other confraternities; consequently the development and history of the sodalities are the same as those of the religious confraternities… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • sodality — I noun alignment, alliance, amity, association, bond, brotherhood, brotherliness, camaraderie, clique, club, colleagueship, combination, communion, community, community of interest, companionship, compatibility, comradeship, concord, confederacy …   Law dictionary

  • sodality — companionship, fellowship, c.1600, from M.Fr. sodalité, from L. sodalitatem (nom. sodalitas) companionship, a brotherhood, from sodalis companion, related to suescere to accustom (see MANSUETUDE (Cf. mansuetude)). Especially of religious guilds… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sodality — [sō dal′ə tē] n. pl. sodalities [L sodalitas < sodalis, companion < IE base * swedh > ETHICAL] 1. fellowship; companionship 2. an association or brotherhood 3. R.C.Ch. a lay society for devotional or charitable activity …   English World dictionary

  • Sodality — In Christian theology, a sodality is a form of the Church universal expressed in specialized, task oriented form as opposed to the Church in its local, diocesan form (which is termed modality). In North America, the name sodality is most commonly …   Wikipedia

  • sodality — noun /səʊˈdælɪti/ a) Companionship. Those would, he thought, be expatriate writers. He was, of course, one of those himself now, but he was indifferent to the duties and pleasures of sodality. b) A fraternity, a society or association. There’d… …   Wiktionary

  • sodality — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Latin sodalitat , sodalitas comradeship, club, from sodalis comrade more at sib Date: 1600 1. brotherhood, community 2. an organized society or fellowship; specifically a devotional or charitable association of Roman …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sodality — /soh dal i tee, seuh /, n., pl. sodalities. 1. fellowship; comradeship. 2. an association or society. 3. Rom. Cath. Ch. a lay society for religious and charitable purposes. [1590 1600; < L sodalitas companionship, equiv. to sodal(is) companion +… …   Universalium

  • sodality — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. association, society; fellowship, comradeship. See party, sociality …   English dictionary for students

  • sodality — n. fellowship, fraternity; union, society …   English contemporary dictionary

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