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Society Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    society n
  1. an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
  2. a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today" [syn: club, guild, gild, lodge, order]
  3. the state of being with someone; "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends" [syn: company, companionship, fellowship]
  4. the fashionable elite [syn: high society, beau monde, smart set, bon ton]
Society Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Society \So*ci"e*ty\, n.; pl. Societies. [L. societas, fr. socius a companion: cf. F. soci['e]t['e]. See Social.]
  1. The relationship of men to one another when associated in any way; companionship; fellowship; company. ``Her loved society.'' --Milton. There is society where none intrudes By the deep sea, and music in its roar. --Byron.
  2. Connection; participation; partnership. [R.] The meanest of the people and such as have the least society with the acts and crimes of kings. --Jer. Taylor.
  3. A number of persons associated for any temporary or permanent object; an association for mutual or joint usefulness, pleasure, or profit; a social union; a partnership; as, a missionary society.
  4. The persons, collectively considered, who live in any region or at any period; any community of individuals who are united together by a common bond of nearness or intercourse; those who recognize each other as associates, friends, and acquaintances.
  5. Specifically, the more cultivated portion of any community in its social relations and influences; those who mutually give receive formal entertainments. Society of Jesus. See Jesuit. Society verses [a translation of F. vers de soci['e]t['e]], the lightest kind of lyrical poetry; verses for the amusement of polite society.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Society'

Society is the term to describe human beings together (collective, the sum of their social networks and power networks). It does not refer to everything everybody thinks or does, but only to those things that everybody acts upon - or refuses to do - quite reliably.

Because it must keep even the poorest and weakest members of a society willing to help even the richest and strongest, a society is very concerned with its citizenship, rights, ethics and time limits. These are basic ways to achieve fairness. If they break down badly, people will think the society is unfair and start taking things from each other, refusing to help each other, or seeing those who have more as cheats.

While every society is different, the way it breaks down and fails is very often the same: fraud, theft, violence, war and sometimes even genocide if people stop identifying with the society and thus identify with what they think of as a "race" of people. A new society may be formed out of only those who still agree, or who just survive the collapse of an old failed one.

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'Society' in famous quotation sentence

* We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. - Lyndon B. Johnson

* I knew from the start if I left a woman I really loved -- the Great Society -- in order to fight that bitch of a war in Vietnam then I would lose everything at home. My hopes my dreams. - Lyndon B. Johnson

* To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts. - Lyndon B. Johnson

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Society Sample Sentences in News

  • Bible Society jumps from frying pan into the fire?
    When the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) announced its move from Selangor to Kuala Lumpur, some saw it as political theatrics. Others deemed it a desperate act of desperate men, but perhaps it was jumping from the hot frying pan into the burning fire. Read more on this news related to 'Society'
  • Society serious on quest to ‘go green’
    KUCHING: One million plastic bags are used each day in the city, which will at the end of […] Read more on this news related to 'Society'
  • US word of the year 2013 is 'because'
    American Dialect Society votes for a conjunction 'exploding with new grammatical possibilities' "Because" has been voted the word of the year by the American Dialect Society after the humble conjunction "exploded with new grammatical possibilities" in 2013. "No longer", said Ben Zimmer, chair of the new words committee of the Read more on this news related to 'Society'

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