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Society (association)
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The word “society” is first attested in English in the 1530s, in the sense of companionship and amicable association (Sociability). It derives, via the Old French societé (company), from the Latin societas (fellowship, association, community). The sense of a formally organized group constituted for some specific purpose …

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Gierl, Martin, “Society (association)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029524>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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