Definition of brotherly in US English:



  • 1Characteristic of or appropriate for a brother or brothers; fraternal.

    ‘he and I had such a brotherly bond’
    • ‘His brotherly instincts were kicking into high gear, no doubt.’
    • ‘Alexander Fitzwilliam was John's younger brother, and there had always been a brotherly rivalry between the two.’
    • ‘Violence is limited to a dog attack ending in ripped clothing but no injuries, and Abby's boys have a brotherly scuffle.’
    • ‘Arsenal defender Lauren has described his spat with club captain Patrick Vieira on the team bus in Trondheim last week as no more than a brotherly disagreement.’
    • ‘There were times, in the past year especially, he did not think he was adequately performing his brotherly duties.’
    • ‘Serbia could not be satisfied with such brotherly advice.’
    • ‘Captain Lennox was always extremely kind and brotherly to Margaret.’
    • ‘The performances are all fine especially Craig and Schreiber who make us care about their brotherly relationship, even though they choose separate paths.’
    • ‘She is still a child, and I have only a brotherly affection for her. "’
    • ‘Like any adults, we labored under the illusion that our admonishing words brought about brotherly (sisterly) love and peace on earth.’
    • ‘We are in a brotherly dialogue, discussing all the issues capable of being discussed, especially the issues around general elections. "’
    • ‘We, the Zapatistas, will not shut up and we will mobilize in support of out brotherly town and companion of Oaxaca.’
    • ‘A more brotherly feeling has created closer ties.’
    • ‘He worked hard at being brotherly, which sometimes strained Emilys patience.’
    • ‘He gave her a brotherly embrace in return.’
    • ‘Then, in good brotherly form, Nate reaches for the microphone.’
    • ‘Seek the Kingdom of God and his justice here on earth through effective, brotherly solidarity with the neediest and the marginalized!’
    • ‘Reverend C. Harker, the Senior Roman Catholic Chaplain has also co-operated in a most brotherly fashion in common effort.’
    • ‘He like Bismarck believed that Serbia had the mission to unite brotherly peoples.’
    • ‘He'd wistfully recalled the time when he'd felt brotherly love for him.’
    fraternal, sibling
    friendly, affectionate, amicable, kind, kindly, devoted, loving, loyal, cordial, sympathetic, comradely
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    1. 1.1 Showing affection and concern; affectionate.
      ‘you could feel the warmth and the brotherly kindness’
      • ‘Men often walk holding hands, a sign of brotherly affection.’
      • ‘She was sure William only felt a brotherly affection towards her.’
      • ‘Alex was rather surprised to discover himself feeling brotherly affection towards them.’
      • ‘She cried as she rose and went towards him, he enveloped her in a big brotherly hug.’
      • ‘The warder, whose name was Li and who disliked the gruff and unsociable criminal, was mystified to see a Korean looking after a Chinese with brotherly care.’
      • ‘He had a vision of humanity bound together by "the imaginative powers which we all possess" in universal brotherly love.’
      • ‘Our ownership of Jerusalem is predicated upon mutual brotherly love.’
      • ‘"Well, Anne, you have certainly surprised us all," he said as he gave her a brotherly peck on the cheek.’
      • ‘Gone are the days when virtues like faith, patience, temperance, knowledge, virtue, godliness, brotherly kindness and love, once fuelled our moral tanks.’
      • ‘They worked the farm together for years in brotherly love.’
      • ‘Mr. Darcy, you know perfectly well where to find me whenever you desire more, " he added with brotherly ease.’
      • ‘Of course I gave her a concerned brotherly look through my tears of laughter.’
      • ‘Paul instructs us on how to treat one another: " Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.’
      • ‘" I wanted you to show some brotherly concern for my well being.’
      • ‘In New York, a city not known for brotherly love, neighbours are helping neighbours.’
      • ‘He tried to comfort her with a brotherly embrace.’
      • ‘We meet at this friend's loft and he gives me a rather brotherly peck on the cheek when we meet.’
      • ‘How can a message of brotherly love be condescending?’
      • ‘There was no way this time that he could consider the sight of her going into the water as something brotherly.’
      • ‘Instead, I felt different emotions, more brotherly, for him.’
      friendly, affectionate, amicable, kind, kindly, devoted, loving, loyal, cordial, sympathetic, comradely
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