(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. organization (see party); social gathering, festivity, reception, dance; participant, accomplice, partner. See sociality, part.
Body of persons
1. party, faction, side; denomination, communion; community, body, fellowship, fraternity; confraternity; brotherhood, sisterhood; sodality; family, clan (see ancestry).
2. (social group) gang, crew, band, clique, ring, set, camp, circle, coterie, club. See assemblage.
3. (professional group) guild; syndicate, cartel, trust; joint account. See business.
4. (political group) society, association; institute, institution, foundation; union, trade union; league, alliance, Verein, Bund, Zollverein; lodge, den, chapter, post; combination, coalition, federation; confederation, confederacy; junta, cabal, bloc, machine; freemasonry; Republican, Democratic, Socialist, Communist, Fascist, Nazi, or Conservative Party, New Left or Right, Christian Right, reform or splinter party, majority or minority party, two-party system. See cooperation.
5. (member of a party) member, fellow, associate, cardholder, clubman or -woman, brother, sister, socius; politician, politico, activist, apparatchik, bedfellow, cadre, constituent, heeler, henchman, kingmaker, machine politician, mugwump, party boss or chairman, party hack, regular, precinct captain, state chairman; majority or minority leader, whip; Democrat, Republican, liberal, moderate, progressive, radical, reactionary, reformer, Dixiecrat; candidate, nominee, favorite son, dark horse, stalking-horse, standard-bearer. Informal, joiner, warhorse.
Verbs — become a member, join, go or come out for, sign up, enroll, affiliate with; be a member, belong; form a party, associate, league together.
Adjectives — in league, in partnership, in alliance; partisan, denominational; bonded, linked, or banded together; confederated, federative; joint, mutual; cliquish, clannish; factional, sectional; card-carrying.
Quotations — Party is organized opinion (Benjamin Disraeli), He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career (G. B. Shaw), If you want to succeed in politics, you must keep your conscience well under control (David Lloyd George), A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service (Georges Pompidou).
Antonyms, see seclusion.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A social affair]
Syn. at-home, tea, luncheon, dinner party, dinner, cocktail hour, surprise party, house party, social, bee, reception, banquet, feast, affair, gathering, soirée, function, gala, fete, ball, recreation, fun, jollification, cheer, beguilement, accommodation, amusement, entertainment, festive occasion, carousal, diversion, performance, high tea, kaffee-klatsch, binge*, spree*, toot*, riot*, splurge*, tear*, shindig*, blowout*, bash*.
2. [A group of people]
Syn. multitude, mob, company; see crowd 1 , gathering .
3. [A political organization]
Syn. organized group, body, electorate, combine, combination, bloc, ring, junta, partisans, cabal; see also faction 1 .
Well-known political parties include --- historical: Guelph, Ghibelline, Jacobin, Girondist, YOrkist, Lancastrian, Puritan, Roundhead, Politique, Tory, Whig, Know-Nothing, Grangers, Greenback, People's, Mugwump, Prohibition, Bull Moose, Farmer-Labor, Progressive, Populist; twentieth-century: Republican, GOP*, Democratic, Libertarian, Liberal, Conservative, Labour, Popular Front, National Socialist, Nazi, Fascist, Falangist, Congress Party, Kuomintang, Comintern, Third International, Socialist, Communist, Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, Independent, Peace and Freedom, Black Panther, American Independent, Townsendite, Epic.
4. [An individual or group involved in legal proceedings]
Syn. litigant, participant, contractor, agent, plotter, confederate, cojuror, compurgator; see also defendant .
Types of parties, sense 4, include: plaintiff, complainant, defendant, purchaser, buyer, seller, lessor, lessee, employer, employee, licenser, licensee.
5. [*A specified but unnamed individual]
Syn. party of the first part, party of the second part, etc.; someone, individual; see person 1 , somebody .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. celebration *bash, revelry, gala, festivity, *blowout, get-together, *beer bash, social gathering, soiree, *do, reception, *wingding, fun and games, orgy, shindig, stag party, bachelor party.
2. group band, bunch, assemblage, assembly, company, crew, troupe.
3. individual person, participant, man, woman, human being.
4. sect faction, group, side, wing, denomination, alliance, set, bloc, league, confederacy, camp.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A large or important social gathering: affair, celebration, festivity, fete, function, gala, occasion, soiree. Informal: do. Slang: bash. See GROUP, WORK. 2. A group of people acting together in a shared activity: band2, company, corps, troop, troupe. See PERFORMING ARTS. 3. A group of individuals united in a common cause: bloc, cartel, coalition, combination, combine, faction, ring1. See GROUP. 4. One who participates: actor, participant, player. See PARTICIPATE. 5. A member of the human race: being, body, creature, homo, human, human being, individual, life, man, mortal, person, personage, soul. See BEINGS. 6. A number of individuals making up or considered a unit: array, band2, batch, bevy, body, bunch, bundle, clump, cluster, clutch2, collection, group, knot, lot, set2. See GROUP.

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