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noun society pronunciation in American English /səˈsaɪəti/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] people in general living together in organized communities, with laws and traditions controlling the way that they behave toward one another

    Society has to be prepared to support its elderly people.

    The program aims to encourage the reintegration of prisoners into society.

    1. a.
      [countable] the people who live in a particular country or area, or who belong to a particular time

      The protesters were drawn from a broad cross section of society.

      Good writing still has a place in contemporary society.

      The novels reflect the values of Victorian society.

    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] a particular type or section of society

      The question is whether we have sufficient resources to sustain an industrial society.

      Never forget that we live in a multicultural society.

      affluent society (=a society in which many people are rich):

      In today’s affluent society people are becoming increasingly discontented.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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