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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fraternity  \Fra*ter"ni*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Fraternities}.  [F. 
  fraternit['e],  L.  fraternitas.] 
  1.  The  state  or  quality  of  being  fraternal  or  brotherly; 
  brotherhood. 
 
  2.  A  body  of  men  associated  for  their  common  interest, 
  business,  or  pleasure;  a  company;  a  brotherhood;  a 
  society;  in  the  Roman  Catholic  Chucrch,  an  association  for 
  special  religious  purposes,  for  relieving  the  sick  and 
  destitute,  etc 
 
  3.  Men  of  the  same  class,  profession,  occupation,  character, 
  or  tastes. 
 
  With  what  terms  of  respect  knaves  and  sots  will 
  speak  of  their  own  fraternity!  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fraternity 
  n  1:  a  social  club  for  male  undergraduates  [syn:  {frat}] 
  2:  people  engaged  in  a  particular  occupation;  "the  medical 
  fraternity"  [syn:  {brotherhood},  {sodality}] 




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