Fraternity, fellowship, lay religious association.
She needn't have worried; from what I had seen, getting a little bit of cream on your nose was practically compulsory, like getting nicked on the cheek in a ritualised duel before being allowed to enter a Prussian drinking sodality.
Gerty could picture the whole scene in the church, the stained glass windows lighted up, the candles, the flowers and the blue banners of the blessed Virgin’s sodality and Father Conroy was helping Canon O’Hanlon at the altar, carrying things in and out with his eyes cast down.
Its stated aim was "the improvement of literary composition and public speaking" and, in its own literature, it describes itself as "a sodality and a brotherhood bound by intangible ties of shared loyalty and common tradition".
Gerard Seenan, The Guardian, 19 February 2003. Guardian
At the centre of the film is Kano, an 18-year-old ace swordsman of a somewhat androgynous appearance whose arrival in the midst of this strictly disciplined sodality becomes a major cause of friction.
In their fervor, as in their employment of scientific, psychological and linguistic terms, these radical critics are often as little interested in the reader (beyond other members of their sodality) as in the literature they are presumably discussing.