Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A society or an association, especially a devotional or charitable society for the laity in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • n. Fellowship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fraternity, a society or association.
  • n. Companionship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fellowship or fraternity; a brotherhood.
  • n. Specifically, a lay association for devotion or for charitable purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fraternity; confraternity: especially in use by Roman Catholics for a religious fraternity or society.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. people engaged in a particular occupation

Etymologies

French sodalité, from Old French, from Latin sodālitās, fellowship, from sodālis, companion; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French sodalité or its etymon, the Latin sodālitās, from sodālis ("companion"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Virginis), because the name sodality was in a special manner peculiar to these, also because their labours for the renewal of the life of the Church were more permanent and have lasted until the present time, so that these sodalities after fully three hundred years still prosper and flourish.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • The name expresses the object of this sodality, which is to collect faithful hearts around the Saviour for constant adoration and love and to make reparation to Him for the ingratitude of men.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • While this article will be of interest particularly to our traditionalist readers, I'd like to draw attention particularly to the various manifestations of popular lay devotion -- the procession with its sodality and society banners, the family atmosphere, the call to live our Faith through our common culture.

    "Make the Truth Lovable to Them through Beauty"

  • She was a member of the ladies 'sodality at the Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church in Rockville.

    Michael Cassidy; Mark Carroll; Caroline Chastain; Alma Jordan; Stephen Keeffe; Raymond Long

  • Had I to do it over again, I would not have gone with the subscription method; I did it mostly out of fond memories of the Judges Guild as a "guild," a gamer's sodality, rather than any proper business sense.

    James Mishler Answers More!

  • So, in truth, the Parthenon is a special memorial which functions as a technology for channeling individual desire into the production of a national sodality premised on an invented tradition and its redeployment in support of imperialism.

    The Ruins of Empire: Nationalism, Art, and Empire in Hemans's Modern Greece

  • Conflicting class and ethnic interests could only be successfully negotiated and subsumed within a constructed British sodality by their hostile alterity to various others defined in national, religious, or racial terms.

    The Ruins of Empire: Nationalism, Art, and Empire in Hemans's Modern Greece

  • It was a rather respectable sodality, dedicated to celebrating the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688, a relatively bloodless coup that installed William and Mary of the House of Orange on the English throne, and established Protestantism as the state religion.

    Reactionary Prophet

  • A sodality of soreheads under the black flag of the Underground Literary Alliance had no other apparent purpose than to complain at tentshows that Moody and his whitebread buddies, a circle-jerk of class entitlements with names like Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, and David Foster Wallace, had gobbled up all the royalties and review space, all the MacArthur baubles and Guggenheim buzz in Bookie World.

    In the Desert, Prime Time

  • On the wall of his bedroom hung an illuminated scroll, the certificate of his prefecture in the college of the sodality of the

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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  • From "A Field of Snow on a Slope of the Rosenberg" by Guy Davenport.

    January 19, 2010

  • T.H.E.: 'New barriers are far more effective than class consciousness in keeping people apart and frustrating generous ambitions: the ghettoes of race and religion, websites of the like-minded, cliques of the merely rich, sodalities of the stupid.

    'To climb out of the furrows and gutters of life, moreover, you need realistic targets and supportive structures. Chinese families used to club together to get bright youngsters the kind of education that would admit them to the mandarinate.'

    January 22, 2009