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the condition or quality of being a brother or brothers.
the quality of being brotherly; fellowship.
a fraternal or trade organization.
all those engaged in a particular trade or profession or sharing a common interest or quality.
the belief that all people should act with warmth and equality toward one another, regardless of differences in nationality, creed, ethnicity, etc.
Contemporary Examples

Mitt Romney Finds the Funny in ‘America the Beautiful’ (VIDEO) Mark Katz February 9, 2012
Let It Bleed: No American Action Can Resolve the Syrian Conflict Christopher Dickey August 27, 2013
Egyptians Protest Against Military Mike Giglio November 17, 2011
What Egyptians Really Want Christopher Dickey July 2, 2013
Ultraconservative Islamist Party Reshapes Egypt’s Politics Ursula Lindsey December 7, 2011

Historical Examples

The Customs of Old England F. J. Snell
American Notes Rudyard Kipling
Stories of the Railroad John A. Hill
Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
The War and the Churches Joseph McCabe

the state of being related as a brother or brothers
an association or fellowship, such as a trade union
all persons engaged in a particular profession, trade, etc
the belief, feeling, or hope that all people should regard and treat one another as equals

Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Muslims,
And everybody hates the Jews.

[Tom Lehrer, “National Brotherhood Week” lyrics, 1965]


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