brotherhood vs sodality what difference

what is difference between brotherhood and sodality



From Middle English brotherhod, equivalent to brother +‎ -hood, from earlier brotherhede, alteration (influenced by suffixes in -hood, -head) of Early Middle English brotherrede (brotherhood, fraternity), from Old English brōþorrǣden (brotherhood, fellowship), equivalent to brother +‎ -red (see brotherred). More at brother, -red.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɹʌðɚhʊd/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɹʌðəhʊd/
  • Hyphenation: broth‧er‧hood


brotherhood (countable and uncountable, plural brotherhoods)

  1. The state of being brothers or a brother.
  2. An association for any purpose, such as a society of monks; a fraternity.
  3. The whole body of persons engaged in the same business, especially those of the same profession
  4. People, or (poetically) things, of the same kind.
    • 1800, William Wordsworth, s:Degenerate Douglas
      a brotherhood of venerable trees


  • fraternity, association, fellowship, sodality, brethren


  • (state): siblinghood


See also

  • sisterhood

Further reading

  • brotherhood in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • brotherhood in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • brotherhood at OneLook Dictionary Search



From the French sodalité or its etymon, the Latin sodālitās, from sodālis (companion).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /səʊˈdæl.ɪ.ti/
  • (US) IPA(key): /soʊˈdæl.ɪ.ti/


sodality (plural sodalities)

  1. A fraternity, a society or association.
    • 1963, Thomas Pynchon, V.:
      There’d even evolved somehow a kind of sodality or fan club that sat around, read from her books and discussed her Theory.
  2. Companionship.
    • 1968, Anthony Burgess, Enderby Outside:
      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.
  3. (Christianity) Spiritual communion with a divine being, a fellowship
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Macmillan Press Ltd, p. 98:
      On the wall of his bedroom hung an illuminated scroll, the certificate of his prefecture in the college of the sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



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