Definition of consociation in English:



  • 1A group or association of a distinctive type, in particular.

    • ‘The Cathedral existed till 1948 when it was taken away by soviet authorities and passed over to the sports consociation ‘Spartak’.’
    • ‘During that time, I was concerned with models for the reconception and revitalization of Christianity that require consociations for work and worship among the world religions to effect basic human community.’
    • ‘To betray the trust cementing these often labile consociations of individuals and groups is underhand, it is dirty cheating.’
    • ‘In line with the main framework of his general theory, he argues that the archetype of all rational social action is consociation through exchange in markets.’
    1. 1.1A political system formed by the cooperation of different, especially antagonistic, social groups on the basis of shared power.
      • ‘From what has been said, we conclude that the efficient cause of political consociation is consent and agreement among the communicating citizens.’
    2. 1.2Zoology
      A group of animals of the same species that interact more or less equally with each other.
    3. 1.3US dated An association of Congregational Churches.
  • 2dated Close association or fellowship.

    • ‘I'm also a great believer in consociation among one's peers - not only the class sessions but also the coffee breaks and lunches provide fertile ground into which little educational seeds may drop and flourish.’
    association, society, club, league, union, guild, lodge, affiliation, alliance, order, fraternity, brotherhood, sorority
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Late 16th century (in the sense associating, combination): from Latin consociatio(n-), from the verb consociare, from con- together + sociare to associate (from socius fellow).