American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The totality of social relationships among humans.
- n. A group of humans broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture.
- n. The institutions and culture of a distinct self-perpetuating group.
- n. An organization or association of persons engaged in a common profession, activity, or interest: a folklore society; a society of bird watchers.
- n. The rich, privileged, and fashionable social class.
- n. The socially dominant members of a community.
- n. Companionship; company: enjoys the society of friends and family members.
- n. Biology A colony or community of organisms, usually of the same species: an insect society.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fellowship; companionship; company: as, to enjoy the society of the learned; to avoid the society of the vicious.
- n. Participation; sympathy.
- n. Those persons collectively who are united by the common bond of neighborhood and intercourse, and who recognize one another as associates, friends, and acquaintances.
- n. An entire civilized community, or a body of some or all such communities collectively, with its or their body of common interests and aims: with especial reference to the state of civilization, thought, usage, etc., at any period or in any land or region.
- n. Specifically The more cultivated part of any community in its social and intellectual relations, interests, and influences; in a narrow sense, those, collectively, who are recognized as taking the lead in fashionable life; those persons of wealth and position who profess to act in accordance with a more or less artificial and exclusive code of etiquette; fashionable people in general: as, he is not received into society. In this sense frequently used adjectively: as, society people; society gossip; a society journal.
- n. An organized association of persons united for the promotion of some common purpose or object, whether religious, benevolent, literary, scientific, political, convivial, or other; an association for pleasure, profit, or usefulness; a social union; a partnership; a club: as, the Society of Friends; the Society of the Cincinnati; a sewing society; a friendly society.
- n. Specifically In ecclesiastical law, in some of the United States, the corporation or secular body organized pursuant to law with power to sue and be sued, and to hold and administer all the temporalities of a religious society or church, as distinguished from the body of communicants or members united bya confession of faith. When so used in this specific sense, members of the society are those who are entitled under the law to vote for trustees—usually adults who have been stated attendants for one year and have contributed to the support of the organization according to Its usages, while members of the church are those who have entered into a religious covenant with one another. To a considerable extent both bodies are the same persons acting in diiferent capacities. Under the law in some jurisdictions, and in some denominations in all jurisdictions, there is no such distinction.
- n. Synonyms Corporation, fraternity, brotherhood.
- n. 6 and
- n. Union, league, lodge.
- n. countable A long-standing group of people sharing cultural aspects such as language, dress, norms of behavior and artistic forms.
- n. countable A group of people who meet from time to time to engage in a common interest; an association or organization.
- n. countable The sum total of all voluntary interrelations between individuals.
- n. uncountable The people of one’s country or community taken as a whole.
- n. uncountable High society.
- n. countable, law A number of people joined by mutual consent to deliberate, determine and act toward a common goal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The relationship of men to one another when associated in any way; companionship; fellowship; company.
- n. rare Connection; participation; partnership.
- n. A number of persons associated for any temporary or permanent object; an association for mutual or joint usefulness, pleasure, or profit; a social union; a partnership.
- n. The persons, collectively considered, who live in any region or at any period; any community of individuals who are united together by a common bond of nearness or intercourse; those who recognize each other as associates, friends, and acquaintances.
- n. Specifically, the more cultivated portion of any community in its social relations and influences; those who mutually give receive formal entertainments.
- n. the fashionable elite
- n. the state of being with someone
- n. a formal association of people with similar interests
- n. an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
- From Old French societé, from Latin societas. (Wiktionary)
- French société, from Old French, from Latin societās, fellowship, from socius, companion. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Regardless of religious, cultural or even political persuasions, every society actually has to have guidelines, traditions, beliefs, mores, values…..society does not sustain itself without them.”
“In fact _the most far-seeing conservatives_ to-day demand it, for "_control by society as a whole_" means, for the present, _control by society_ as it is.”
“Young people naturally and commendably seek the society of those of their own age; but, be careful in choosing your companions; and lay this down as a rule never to be departed from, that no youth, nor man, ought to be called your _friend_, who is addicted to _indecent talk_, or who is fond of the _society of prostitutes_.”
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“This society, founded in natural appetites and instincts, and not in any positive institution, I shall call _natural society_.”
“The society of the _sexes_, which answers the purpose of propagation; and next, that more _general society_, which we have with men and with other animals, and which we may in some sort be said to have even with the inanimate world.”
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“And having deduced 'that good of man which is private and particular, as far as seemeth fit,' he returns 'to that good of man which respects and beholds society,' which he terms DUTY, because the term of duty is more proper to a mind well framed and disposed towards others, as the term of VIRTUE is applied to a mind well formed and composed in itself; though neither can a man understand _virtue, without some relation to society_, nor _duty, without an inward disposition_.”
“I hope this succinctly explains the underlying differences between Indian society and Pakistani ’society’.”
“Free society must fail and give way to a _class society_ -- a social system old as the world, universal as man. ”
“Do not tell me," said my father, "about ornaments to society; the best of them are the _drones of society_, and, without contributing any thing to the common stock, they feed upon the choicest honey, collected by the labour of the industrious bees.”
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