Definition of solidarity in English:

solidarity

noun

  • 1mass noun Unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.

    ‘factory workers voiced solidarity with the striking students’
    • ‘To reverse this trend we need to invest in new institutions of social solidarity.’
    • ‘The sacked workers say that solidarity could be maintained if the dispute were made official.’
    • ‘An official call for support and solidarity from other unions has also now gone out.’
    • ‘Huge cheers greeted car and bus passengers who waved flags and placards in solidarity with the demonstrators.’
    • ‘The best solidarity that other workers can give is to fight for better pay ourselves.’
    • ‘This indicated widespread support for those who show solidarity and a willingness to fight.’
    • ‘They have set up a strike committee and are sending out speakers to win solidarity among other workers.’
    • ‘More shows of solidarity like this will boost the strikers.’
    • ‘When he applauds solidarity, he means solidarity on his terms.’
    • ‘The essence of internationalism is co-operation, collaboration and solidarity.’
    • ‘During this same half decade, the UN declared its first international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people.’
    • ‘There was a lot of discussion as to what form resistance and solidarity should take.’
    • ‘The key to victory is mobilising the support for the firefighters into active solidarity.’
    • ‘The most remarkable and unexpected development, however, has been the sustained solidarity of the general public.’
    • ‘It is a ritual with which your correspondent hastened to express solidarity.’
    • ‘The world is frightened, economies are dented, and war has eroded global solidarity.’
    • ‘Such solidarity has now turned to support of world action to root out terror.’
    • ‘It also makes it far easier for workers on strike to actively seek support and solidarity.’
    • ‘Inside the fence, people spoke of solidarity and consensus, of love and gentleness.’
    • ‘Besides modesty and intimacy, they often enjoy a high level of social solidarity.’
    • ‘The Netherlands wishes to show solidarity and be a dependable European partner.’
    • ‘Support and solidarity experienced during the strike two weeks ago is still there.’
    • ‘An excellent discussion saw people agree on the need to organise solidarity with any action that did take place.’
    • ‘It was not hard to declare your solidarity for the Chileans.’
    • ‘As always, Candy and Dave have been a constant source of support and solidarity.’
    • ‘More than 400 other prison inmates joined them on June 20 in solidarity.’
    • ‘On returning to the class which had begun the walkout, Sebastian showed the students the same solidarity they had shown him.’
    • ‘I think the main worry is stock market uncertainty, but there seems to be a sort of solidarity with America shown by speculators.’
    • ‘That meant it was down to individual activists and branches organising solidarity.’
    • ‘We in Britain need to step up our efforts to support them with practical and political solidarity.’
    • ‘We are expecting these two countries to show their solidarity.’
    • ‘In the early 1990s, demagogues took multiculturalism to terrible extremes, killing hundreds of thousands of people in the name of ethnic solidarity.’
    • ‘Above all, it has damaged the drive to build solidarity.’
    • ‘We will ask for solidarity from workers in other European countries to support our campaign.’
    • ‘Many people reflect upon the 1960s as a decade of solidarity among the common people.’
    • ‘Other trade unionists, particularly in the north of England, should flood the strikers with solidarity.’
    • ‘The left has got to be better coordinated and able to deliver solidarity.’
    • ‘We want to express solidarity with our brothers who are being bombed by warplanes and tanks.’
    • ‘They were running the risk of forgetting the traditional values of hospitality and solidarity.’
    • ‘The strikers can win if there is solidarity from other workers and the action is spread.’
    unanimity, unity, like-mindedness, agreement, accord, harmony, consensus, concord, concurrence, singleness of purpose, community of interest, mutual support, cooperation, cohesion, team spirit, camaraderie, esprit de corps
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  • 2An independent trade union movement in Poland which developed into a mass campaign for political change and inspired popular opposition to Communist regimes across eastern Europe. Formed in 1980 under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa, it was banned in 1981 following the imposition of martial law. Legalized again in 1989, it won a majority in the elections of that year.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French solidarité, from solidaire ‘solidary’.

Pronunciation

solidarity

/ˌsɒlɪˈdarɪti/