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From socius ("associated, allied; partner, companion, ally").



societ?s f (genitive societ?tis); third declension

  1. A union for a common purpose; society, fellowship, partnership, association, community, union; affinity.
  2. (metonymically) Those united for a common purpose; a company or society of such persons.
  3. (by extension) A copartnership, membership, or association for trading purposes.
  4. (by extension) A share or stake in a partnership or association
  5. (by extension) A political league, alliance, confederacy.


Third-declension noun.

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  • societas in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • societas in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • societas in Charles du Fresne du Cange's Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883-1887)
  • societas in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be united by having a common language: eiusdem linguae societate coniunctum esse cum aliquo (De Or. 3. 59. 223)
    • social life: vitae societas
    • to associate with some one: societatem inire, facere cum aliquo
    • to unite isolated individuals into a society: dissipatos homines in (ad) societatem vitae convocare (Tusc. 1. 25. 62)
  • societas in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

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