One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The relationship between sisters.
- ‘I can't know what it's like to be a woman, or even how exactly to be a dad to girls, but I know something of sisters, and even perhaps of sisterhood, if I may be so bold.’
- ‘In 1991, Juliet made Blood Sisters, a film essay which explored the mythologies of sisterhood.’
- ‘Anyone who has a sister, as I do, understands the mental, emotional and spiritual complexities that biological sisterhood imparts.’
- ‘It is a celebration of motherhood, sisterhood and womanhood.’
- ‘There is no sisterhood among sisters here, only envy fuelled by despair.’
- 1.1 The feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women.
friendship, comradeship, fellowship, good fellowship, companionship, brotherliness, brotherhood, closeness, affinity, togetherness, solidarity, mutual supportView synonyms
- ‘The idea was to raise our consciousness and love ourselves until eventually sisterhood would be powerful enough to make us an army of lovers who could not fail.’
- ‘The one thing that bonds us together is sisterhood.’
- ‘There is peace, there is communication and there is brotherhood and sisterhood.’
- ‘It was a magical evening of tears, laughter, and special feelings of connection, sisterhood, and joy in the beauty and the strength of women.’
- ‘They're not bemoaning teenagers, fuelled by anger and betrayal; they are sisterhood driven by their sheer love of making music.’
- ‘There was a general feeling of amiability and sisterhood.’
- ‘Young feminists today lack the experience of sisterhood.’
- ‘Our girls so need loving examples of sisterhood.’
- ‘It is true that many of us became involved in the feminist movement with unrealistic expectations of bonded sisterhood.’
- ‘Many say a sense of sisterhood motivates them to protect other mothers from the fear and pain they have faced.’
- ‘I really believe in sisterhood and going caving and rock-climbing together, it was so great to have their voices down the bottom going ‘come on, you can do it’.’
- ‘It probably feels to your friend that your're breaking a law of sisterhood when crossing that state line.’
- ‘Girls initiated together form a bond and this sisterhood lasts throughout their lives.’
- ‘Their bravery, sisterhood and spirit inspired me and gave me new courage to meet our challenges head on.’
- ‘I get irritated at the ritual speeches and show of public sisterhood.’
- ‘There was such a feeling of sisterhood the like of which we had never experienced before and probably will never experience again.’
- ‘It's an embarrassment, a sign of succumbing to the ever-increasing pressures of society, failing the sisterhood, giving in to the boring aspirations of the perfect body.’
2An association, society, or community of women linked by a common interest, religion, or trade.
brotherhood, fraternity, confraternity, sorority, colony, institution, order, body, circle, association, society, leagueView synonyms
- ‘We can no longer assume that social groups - classes, races, nations, sisterhoods, will be homogeneous and consensual: we look instead for evidence of power, resistance, coercion and consent.’
- ‘The girl then responded to the bishop's queries about Pusey and his dealings with the sisterhood.’
- ‘Religious brotherhoods and sisterhoods play an important role in organizing these ceremonies and festivals.’
- ‘They based the ridiculous behaviour around the same conniving behaviour performed in the sisterhood of all elementary school girls.’
- ‘The strongest developments regarding deaconess sisterhoods among Baptists in America occurred among the German Baptists.’
- ‘Over the years, as educational opportunities became more common for women, Newcomb came to mean not so much educational access but a sisterhood and support group within the larger educational structure.’
- ‘The power of religious belief and commitment that motivated women to enter a sisterhood and engage in social activism is often downplayed in historians' accounts.’
- ‘In a world of brotherhoods and sisterhoods there was always the existence of secret societies.’
- ‘Although women could not be priests or bishops, convents and sisterhoods provided professional opportunities to women in a society where few respectable professional outlets existed.’
- ‘He thanked Sellon for her presence in the Diocese of Exeter and the notable achievements of the sisterhood among the poor, especially the orphan girls.’
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