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From Proto-Italic *sokjotāts. Equivalent to socius +‎ -tas.



societās f (genitive societātis); third declension

  1. A union for a common purpose; society, fellowship, partnership, association, community, union; affinity.
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Proverbs.18.24:
      Vir amīcālis ad societātem, magis amīcus erit quam frāter.
      A man amiable in society, shall be more friendly than a brother.
      (Douay-Rheims trans., Challoner rev.: 1752 CE)
  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.
    Synonyms: amīcitia, cōnsociātiō


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative societās societātēs
Genitive societātis societātum
Dative societātī societātibus
Accusative societātem societātēs
Ablative societāte societātibus
Vocative societās societātēs

Related terms[edit]


From nominative societās:

  • Italian: soccida~soccita
  • Ligurian: sösya
  • Lombard: süzda
  • Sicilian: sucità

From accusative societātem:


  • 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 with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 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
  • Meyer-Lübke, Wilhelm (1911), “sŏcietas”, in Romanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (in German), page 607