One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fellow member of a profession; a colleague.‘executives from the four broadcast television networks, along with their cable confreres’
associate, partner, escort, consort, colleague, workmate, co-worker, compatriot, confederate, allyView synonyms
- ‘For the fine people at the International Association for Human Values, and their confrères at Canada's Art of Living Foundation, the word ‘holistic’ is spelt with five Hs.’
- ‘Then the two confrères in evil would flee by helicopter (with me in the back seat, did they but know it) from the top floor of the Presidential Palace as the jubilant mob broke down the door and stormed up the stairs.’
- ‘Some 30 years ago, when I was stationed in New Zealand, I was travelling by car with some of my confrères from Wellington to Auckland for a retreat.’
- ‘If exposure to forbidden freedoms aroused in him and his confrères unconscious rage at their own repression, what better way to ward off the devil than to redirect that rage against it?’
- ‘Be sure that, when the baubles to which their Westminster confrères are addicted are handed out on Wednesday, they will sneer at those vanities.’
- ‘In a paper to be published in the University of California Law Review, Australia's Deakin University School of Law head and his confrère argue that not torturing terror suspects ‘verges on moral indecency.’’
- ‘For what he and his confrères habitually arrogate to themselves is the right to impose their goals and their wisdom in place of those of all the individuals cursed to be under their sway in some way.’
- ‘He dedicated himself to his confrères who were still doing hard labour in prison, and also to recruiting vocations, both male and female.’
- ‘The only respite from these routines came, once or twice a year, when his admiring confrère dropped by for a visit.’
- ‘But he, like his confrère, is irreplaceable at Celtic.’
- ‘When I tell my Catholic confrères that in Lutheran seminary we were taught that every minute of a twenty or thirty minute sermon should be preceded by at least an hour of preparation, they respond with incredulity.’
- ‘Many of their former confrères are absent, already out in the world being mutilated by the tabloids, or worse, discarded as unsuitable even for that.’
Mid 18th century: French, from medieval Latin confrater, from con- ‘together with’ + frater ‘brother’.
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