One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Social relations between individuals, based on close personal and family ties; community.Contrasted with Gesellschaft
- ‘He has suggested that such communities preserve a residue of traditional Gemeinschaft amid the more individualistic and impersonal Gesellschaft of modernity.’
- ‘All EU member states strive toward achieving a European Gemeinschaft without anticipating a particular political framework such as a federation, confederation or European commonwealth.’
- ‘But this pre-modern Gemeinschaft conception of an all-encompassing community that members unreflectively endorse seemed distinctly ill-suited for complex and conflict-ridden large-scale industrialized societies.’
- ‘Such religions play a crucial role in binding people together into tight Gemeinschaft communities and separating them from other communities.’
- ‘It is less than a federation and more than a regime, a kind of confederation but not yet a Gemeinschaft, neither state nor ordinary international organization.’
German, from gemein ‘common’ + -schaft (see -ship).
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