1. [syn: Society of Jesus, Jesuit order]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
Society of Jesus
n 1: a Roman Catholic order founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola
in 1534 to defend Catholicism against the Reformation and
to do missionary work among the heathen; it is strongly
committed to education and scholarship [syn: Society of
Jesus, Jesuit order]