Coterie


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Coterie

 

(1) In medieval Western Europe, an armed detachment of mercenaries, who often plundered the populace and committed outrages.

(2) An intimate circle or group of persons pursuing a common selfish aim.

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The Idea Coterie, a Louisiana-based actionable technology think tank, is an umbrella organization for startup activity, investment, creation and inspiration.
An elementary permutation of the coterie is performed to obtain a new less loaded coterie.
Her chapter on Philips focuses on the poet's Oxford and Anglo-Irish Royalist coteries, but omits to consider the shaping influence of Philips's favoured epistolary interlocutor, Charles Cotterell, or 'Poliarchus', the man who relayed her image in the posthumously published Poems of 1667.
The coterie are certainly right in saying that Wagner was a particularly nasty example of the anti-Semitism that, in his day, was rife all across Europe.
Labeling their sharing of ideas a "kinship coterie," Joffe proposes a model of authorship that sees the writer creating within a community and argues that kin is a self-selected grouping rather than a natural family unit.
Lord Butler has criticised a tendency towards decision-making by a small coterie of advisers, claiming that the Cabinet took only one decision during Mr Blair's first eight months.
The Orange revolt was touched off by suspicions that Yanukovych's coterie had tampered with the vote and tried to poison Yanukovych's pro-western rival, current President Viktor Yushchenko.
IT was a lucky coincidence that we stumbled on the Coterie. We were looking for another eatery (which we never did find) and tooka chance on this imposing corner building.
As for the would-be conquerors--a strange coterie of bedfellows who include Islamofascism, communism, socialism and secularism--they have one thing in common: all are enemies of Christ.
A coterie of councillors is slotted to run the show, rather than a mayor.
Timothy Leary, including his accomplishments and influence with an active coterie of students, teachers, and artists during the freewheeling decade of the 1960's.
She has a coterie of close friends and a medical student boyfriend who wants to marry her.