fraternal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French fraternel, from Medieval Latin frāternālis (fraternal), from Latin frāternus (of or pertaining to a brother, fraternal), from frāter (brother).

Adjective[edit]

fraternal (comparative more fraternal, superlative most fraternal)

  1. Of brothers (fraternal twins).
  2. Related through a brother (fraternal nephew).
  3. In need of a brother or sister or friend.
  4. Like brothers (fraternal cousins).
  5. Brotherly, befitting or of a brother or brothers.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
      His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. “Phil ! You ! Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow !” recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.
  6. Friendly or brotherly (e.g. fraternal relations between socialist parties in different countries).
  7. Being or of a society of men linked in brotherly union (fraternal society).
  8. platonic (as fraternal love - brotherly love).

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Antonyms[edit]

  • (relating to a brother, with regard to gender): sororal
  • (relating to a brother, with regard to heredity): paternal, maternal

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin frāternus (of or pertaining to a brother, fraternal), from frāter (brother).

Adjective[edit]

fraternal m, f (plural fraternales)

  1. fraternal