Meaning of archconfraternity

arch•con•fra•ter•ni•ty

Pronunciation: (ärch"kon-fru-tûr'ni-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. a confraternity having the right to associate itself with confraternities that are similar to it, and to impart to them its privileges and indulgences.
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