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society

noun alliance, aristocracy, association, bloc, body, brethren, brotherhood, circle, citizenry, civilization, class, clique, club, coalition, colleagueship, combine, commonwealth, community, companionship, confederacy, confederation, confraternity, culture, denomination, faction, federation, fold, folk, fraternal order, fraternity, fraternization, gentility, group, guild, higher class, institute, league, order, organization, organized group, patriciate, peerage, polity, population, privileged class, religious order, sect, set, sodality, tribe, union, upper class
See also: body, chamber, civilization, coalition, community, compact, confederacy, institute, league, nationality, populace, population, public, sodality

SOCIETY. A society is a number of persons united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine, and act jointly for some common purpose.
     2. Societies are either incorporated and known to the law, or unincorporated, of which the law does not generally take notice.
     3. By civil society is usually understood a state, (q.v.) a nation, (q.v.) or a body politic. (q.v.) Rutherf. Inst. c. 1 and 2.
     4. In the civil law, by society is meant a partnership. Inst. 3, 26; Dig. 17, 2 Code, 4, 37.

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The effect of the symbol -- or rather, of the position in respect to society that was indicated by it -- on the mind of Hester Prynne herself was powerful and peculiar.
I, who have seen society reluctantly accepting works of genius for nothing from men of extraordinary gifts, and at the same time helplessly paying my father millions, and submitting to monstrous mortgages of its future production, for a few directions as to the most business-like way of manufacturing and selling cotton, cannot but wonder, as I prepare my income-tax returns, whether society was mad to sacrifice thus to him and to me.
From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction.
The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with clash antagonisms.
The society of the energetic class, in their friendly and festive meetings, is full of courage and of attempts which intimidate the pale scholar.
A member of the Society then inquired of the president whether Dr.
How evidently he belongs to the best society," said she to a third; and the vicomte was served up to the company in the choicest and most advantageous style, like a well-garnished joint of roast beef on a hot dish.
The highest society then consisted, and I think always consist, of four sorts of people: rich people who are received at Court, people not wealthy but born and brought up in Court circles, rich people who ingratiate themselves into the Court set, and people neither rich nor belonging to the Court but who ingratiate themselves into the first and second sets.
I have shown that no society of slaves can endure, because, in its very nature, such society must annul the law of development.
I had learned nothing but theories of life and society that looked all very well on the printed page, but now I had seen life itself.
You will like to know, that less than forty years after Bacon's death a society called The Royal Society was founded.
All the papers, pamphlets, reports-- all the journals published by the scientific, literary, and religious societies enlarged upon its advantages; and the Society of Natural History of Boston, the Society of Science and Art of Albany, the Geographical and Statistical Society of New York, the Philosophical Society of Philadelphia, and the Smithsonian of Washington sent innumerable letters of congratulation to the Gun Club, together with offers of immediate assistance and money.

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