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

  • adj. Characteristic of or befitting brothers; fraternal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or characteristic of brothers.
  • adv. In the manner of a brother, as a brother, as brothers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to brothers; such as is natural for brothers; becoming to brothers; kind; affectionate.
  • adv. Like a brother; affectionately; kindly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to brothers; such as is natural for brothers; becoming brothers; kind; affectionate: as, brotherly love.
  • After the manner of a brother; kindly; affectionately.

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

  • adv. (archaic as adverb) in a brotherly manner
  • adj. like or characteristic of or befitting a brother


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  • Do not suppose the calculating wretch intended to push the 'flirtation' beyond what he called brotherly and sisterly conduct.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • The doctor laughed at what he called my brotherly anxiety, and remarked that the distance was but short; that my father would certainly send

    The Young Llanero A Story of War and Wild Life in Venezuela

  • I thought liberals believed in brotherly love ... sharon

    Hadassah Lieberman under attack over industry ties

  • Philia—This is sometimes referred to as brotherly love the city of Philadelphia is the “city of brotherly love”.


  • A certain brotherly affection would be expected of him.

    Heaven Lake by John Dalton: Questions

  • Dick, his arm about Ernestine in brotherly fashion, said good night to Graham where one of the divided ways led to the watch tower, and continued on with his pretty sister-in-law toward her quarters.

    The Little Lady of the Big House, by Jack London

  • Perhaps the chief attraction of fairy tales is due to their representing the child as living in brotherly friendship with nature and all creatures.

    The Art of the Story-Teller

  • Yet he gave her no hope, treating her in brotherly fashion and rarely seeing her.

    Chapter 43

  • The Association was a reunion when all the ministers of the county met together and spent a social day with the minister, dining together, and passing their time in brotherly converse, such as reading essays, comparing sermons, taking counsel with each other in all the varied ups and downs of their pastoral life.

    Oldtown Folks

  • Why should the Man who acts from conviction of rectitude grieve because the prejudiced are offended? for me I am fully possessed by the great cause to which I have devoted myself. my conduct has been open sincere & just — & tho the world were to scorn & reject me I would bear their contempt with calmness. fare thee well. yours in brotherly affection

    Letter 110


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