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Definition related to a group rather than individuals
  • At first, she wasn't comfortable in the communal bathrooms at the dorm.
communal = shared
  • They lived in a communal settlement in which all earnings and food were shared.
  • communal = related to a community where people live together bound by common interests
  • At the dorms, I miss my private bathroom, but I like not having to clean the communal one!
  • communal = shared
  • They sat in the living room dipping bread into a communal dish of stew.
  • communal = related to a group rather than individuals
  • She argues that true equality demands communal raising of children.
  • communal = by a community rather than by individuals
  • Several people, Poirot amongst them, remained in the dining-car. The communal life was felt, at the moment, to pass the time better.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • communal = in a group
  • How could I even fantasize about going to some school far away where you pay a fortune to live in dorms full of strangers, with communal bathrooms and cafeterias and no private spaces to be crazy in?
    John Green  --  Turtles All the Way Down
  • communal = shared
  • All money was held by Bootsie and used communally.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • communally = in a manner where it was shared
  • ...they chewed up and spat out the bark of a tree into a communal pot and then got drunk on it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • communal = shared
  • It was assumed that when he was not working, eating, or sleeping he would be taking part in some kind of communal recreation: to do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • communal = done with others
  • Most of the other girls had stayed in the communal showers for longer, gossiping, but Emily was too spaced out to join them.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • communal = shared
  • To give you one small example, Mrs. van D. has removed all but three of her sheets from our communal linen closet.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • communal = shared
  • But the entire situation there, especially in the beginning—the packed sleeping quarters, the communal mess halls, the open toilets—all this was an open insult to that other, private self, a slap in the face you were powerless to challenge.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • communal = shared
  • She washed her clothes in communal tubs, went to jamaicas on Saturday nights, and cared for her first three daughters.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • communal = shared
  • communal elections in several European countries
  • The precolonial practice of enforced communal labor was greatly extended.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The vision of a communal world had sunk down into his soul and it would never leave him until life left him.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • In the far left corner of the locker room was a small doorway that opened into a communal shower stall.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Thus do you remain immersed in the communal tau.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The two convents reopened and their communal life was resumed.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague

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