One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The system and institutions of the Freemasons.
- ‘While copying guild models, friendly societies also adopted elements of the secret freemasonry movement, specifically rites, rituals and codes of conduct.’
- ‘He was also extremely suspicious of the influence of freemasonry in the police force.’
- ‘They will not be able to tell you how freemasonry began, however.’
- ‘Attracted by the ideals and the comradeship of freemasonry, he joined a Viennese lodge in 1784 and remained a member for the rest of his life.’
- ‘For the audience, it was an occasion to discover freemasonry.’
- ‘His interests in magic, freemasonry, the military, and mnemonics continued.’
- ‘More than 750 boxes were shipped to the Grand Orient of France, the Paris-based headquarters of the French freemasonry, earlier this year.’
- ‘To his Russian Orthodoxy he added freemasonry, spiritualism, and a huge dose of the Yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism that were a legacy of the many years he lived in the Himalayas.’
- ‘No one knows just how old freemasonry is because the actual origins have been lost in time.’
- ‘In 1821 some grouped themselves in the charbonnerie, an offshoot of the Italian carbonari, a secret society which revered the principles of 1789 and adopted the symbols and ideas of radical freemasonry.’
- ‘There are 33 degrees of initiation in freemasonry, the 33rd degree being the highest.’
- ‘In engineering and freemasonry, this is known as the Golden Ratio.’
- ‘There are also reference works, novels of different kinds, books of poetry, and volumes on special topics such as horses, ships, wine, gardening, freemasonry, knots, and entertainment.’
- ‘The rituals associated with freemasonry are available to any user of quality public libraries or the readers of the Old and New Testaments.’
2Instinctive sympathy or fellow feeling between people with something in common.‘the unshakable freemasonry of actors in a crisis’
- ‘He nonetheless manages to touch in a few reference points and landmark experiences: broken home, petty crime, trauma in Vietnam and prison, mental illness, and induction into the weird, anonymous freemasonry of map-trading.’
- ‘It's the freemasonry of food, a wilfully complicated Sealed Knot ballet of side plates, fish forks and devices to remove antennae from langoustine.’
- ‘Entrance to Oxbridge is always on merit, not the result of the undeclared freemasonry that just happens to prefer confidence and good diction in an interview to a clutch of Highers or A-levels.’
- ‘But what can we learn from our fellow members of the international freemasonry of feeling rubbish?’
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