Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of society.

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Examples

  • He renders societies in which the dynamic of change opens new frontiers only for opportunists, "half-made societiesÂ… doomed to remain half-made."

    Without Regret or Hope

  • "Selfishness" is a word societies need to think about.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all.

    Nobel Lecture - Literature 2005

  • From Pinter's speech: I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all.

    pinter again

  • The natural allies to young women in societies practicing clitorectomy are actually young men who want their partners to experience sexual pleasure.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Surge and Afghan Women

  • Particularly in societies where women are little more than property, sexual favors tend to be for sale or trade – bad news when you are a Neolithic clan in Polynesia or a paleolithic tribe in Australia and a shipload of European sailors arrive bearing metal tools, trinkets, and several strains of syphilis.

    Matthew Yglesias » Iceland Bans Strip Clubs

  • Even in societies where prostitution is either legal or regulated, it was usually not considered a functioning part of mainstream society.

    Matthew Yglesias » Iceland Bans Strip Clubs

  • Rosie Smith, an 18-year-old from London, tells me she has been reading Edith Wharton lately, "and it's writers like that, who have been in societies where women didn't really mean anything at all, who I really look up to".

    Role models: someone to look up to

  • I am talking, of course, about the Drug Prohibitionists: the gaggle of politicians, bishops and journalists who still insist that the only way to deal with the very widespread drug use in our societies is for it to be criminalized, where it is untaxed, unregulated, controlled by armed criminal gangs, and horribly adulterated.

    Johann Hari: Drug Warriors -- It's Time for You to Go to Rehab

  • If you really carry forth the bullying mode into the adult world, you have to look at things like military, economic and social inequities in societies and nations.

    David Nichtern: 3 Levels of Tolerance and What They Mean for Bullying

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