Pronunciation: ( Ger. gu-mīn'shäft"), [key]
—pl. -schaf•tenPronunciation: ( Ger. -shäf"tun). [key] (often cap.)
1. an association of individuals having sentiments, tastes, and attitudes in common; fellowship.
2. Sociol.a society or group characterized chiefly by a strong sense of common identity, close personal relationships, and an attachment to traditional and sentimental concerns. Cf. Gesellschaft.
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