from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The institutions, precepts, and rites of the Freemasons.
- n. Spontaneous fellowship and sympathy among a number of people.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Fellowship and sympathy among a number of people
- n. Strange customs which resemble Freemasons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The institutions or the practices of freemasons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principles, practices, and institutions of freemasons.
- n. Hence Secret or tacit brotherhood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Freemasons collectively
- n. a natural or instinctive fellowship between people of similar interests
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i think freemasonry is much more dangerous « Niqnaq
The really bad party system is that in which a man is caught so tightly and becomes so deeply involved in party loyalty, or what may be called the freemasonry side of politics, that he grows into feeling a kind of moral obligation to stick to his party, right or wrong.
It was my initiation into what I have termed the freemasonry of the race.
Here a tall gentleman marched up to him, and addressed him in a certain language, which might be called the freemasonry of flash, and which Paul, though he did not comprehend
Here a tall gentleman marched up to him, and addressed him in a certain language, which might be called the freemasonry of flash, and which Paul, though he did not comprehend verbatim, rightly understood to be an inquiry whether he was a thorough rogue and an entire rascal.
Capturing Kabul through proxy war in 1997 while a ragtag freemasonry of Mujahideen was defending Kabul was one thing.
Jim is a friend from childhood—they “grew up together in the same Nebraska town,” sharing a “kind of freemasonry”—and is now the legal counsel for a railroad company.
His profession furnished me with some hope that this desired communication might be attained; since it is well known that, in Scotland, where there is so much national music, the words and airs of which are generally known, there is a kind of freemasonry amongst performers, by which they can, by the mere choice of a tune, express a great deal to the hearers.
The secret is well kept, doubtless by a kind of freemasonry amongst bearded men, but there can be little doubt that somewhere there are nurseries where a _bonâ-fide_ beard-grower who is in the secret can retire until he is presentable.
There seemed to be a kind of freemasonry between them; they were wider awake than she, more alert, and surer of their wants if not of their opinions.