[fel-oh-ship] /ˈfɛl oʊˌʃɪp/

the condition or relation of being a fellow:
the fellowship of humankind.
friendly relationship; companionship:
the fellowship of father and son.
community of interest, feeling, etc.
communion, as between members of the same church.
an association of persons having similar tastes, interests, etc.
a company, guild, or corporation.

verb (used with object), fellowshipped or fellowshiped, fellowshipping or fellowshiping.
to admit to fellowship, especially religious fellowship.
verb (used without object), fellowshipped or fellowshiped, fellowshipping or fellowshiping.
to join in fellowship, especially religious fellowship.
the state of sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc
a society of people sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc; club
companionship; friendship
the state or relationship of being a fellow


(often capital) the body of fellows in a college, university, etc

c.1200, feolahschipe “companionship,” from fellow + -ship. In Middle English it was at times a euphemism for “sexual intercourse” (carnal fellowship).

To fellowship with is to hold communion with; to unite with in doctrine and discipline. This barbarism now appears with disgusting frequency in the reports of ecclesiastical conventions, and in the religious newspapers generally. [Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1848]

(1.) With God, consisting in the knowledge of his will (Job 22:21; John 17:3); agreement with his designs (Amos 3:2); mutual affection (Rom. 8: 38, 39); enjoyment of his presence (Ps. 4:6); conformity to his image (1 John 2:6; 1:6); and participation of his felicity (1 John 1:3, 4; Eph. 3:14-21). (2.) Of saints with one another, in duties (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:1; 1 Thess. 5:17, 18); in ordinances (Heb. 10:25; Acts 2:46); in grace, love, joy, etc. (Mal. 3:16; 2 Cor. 8:4); mutual interest, spiritual and temporal (Rom. 12:4, 13; Heb. 13:16); in sufferings (Rom. 15:1, 2; Gal. 6:1, 2; Rom. 12:15; and in glory (Rev. 7:9).


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