I thought that 'camaraderous' was a word, but it turns out it isn't. As a matter of fact, I can't seem to find anything resembling an adjectival form for 'camaraderie'. So could someone suggest a fitting substitute? i.e. an adjective meaning "possessing the characteristics of camaraderie?"

I was thinking of using it like:

After their hard-won victory, John and Trent slung their arms around each other's shoulders in a camaraderous embrace.

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    It would be comradely.
    – Mick
    Dec 11, 2016 at 13:08
  • @Mick - comment boxes are not supposed to be used to post answers, why do you keep posting potentially good answers here?
    – user66974
    Dec 11, 2016 at 13:12
  • Darn. I thought I'd tried all the typical permutations of comrade, but I guess I must've skipped that one. Great answer! Thanks! :-D
    – Ashcloud
    Dec 11, 2016 at 13:13
  • I would, if such terse answers were accepted by the community, but they're not. Others do the same, even mods. I don't have time to copy, paste and format dictionary definitions. Perhaps if there is a quick way of doing it...
    – Mick
    Dec 11, 2016 at 13:16
  • @Mick - copying and pasting would just take the time you have spent answering my question. What's the problem with it. If you have the answer, post it, don't post a comment. (And the same is valid for ELL)
    – user66974
    Dec 11, 2016 at 13:20

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It would be comradely:

(graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n])

  • If you do something in a comradely way, you are being pleasant and friendly to other people. [formal]

  • They worked in comradely silence.

Collins Dictionary

  • @JOSH - Thank you for formatting the answer. Mick, I had a rough two weeks or so when I was retraining myself to write formatted, referenced answers, and I can say that with practice it does get easier and ingrained as a habit. Dec 11, 2016 at 23:25

A simple and straightforward option would be friendly.

After their hard-won victory, John and Trent slung their arms around each other's shoulders in a friendly embrace.


friendly adjective [friendlier; friendliest]

1 : of, relating to, or befitting a friend: as
a : showing kindly interest and goodwill
b : not hostile : a friendly merger offer; also : involving or coming from actions of one's own forces : friendly fire
c : cheerful, comforting : the friendly glow of the fire

His friendly smile was reassuring.
They maintained a friendly correspondence.


It seems to me that if you use adjectival comradely the allusion is to comradeliness, which loses the precise nuance of camaraderie (which we usually want - since that's why we use the word).

So I'd go with the handful of writers who've used


The meaning should always be obvious in context, even though I doubt you'd find an actual definition in any dictionary.

In short, the "consistent" pairings are comradeliness -> comradely, camaraderie -> camaradic.


I can't judge for you whether one of the other answers serves your purpose. But here is another option for you to consider:

After their hard-won victory, John and Trent slung their arms around each other's shoulders in camaraderie.

Sorry I don't have a new word to offer. But camaraderie is a great word, and it fits fine in your sentence with a small adjustment. And the embrace you had was superfluous anyway.

I wasn't sure how to reference this, so I googled the exact phrase "in camaraderie". I didn't find it in a dictionary, but I did find it in a blog post. So I guess it's not just me. Here's the sentence fragment:

... figure skaters executing incredible maneuvers, in camaraderie, I guess, with their own bodies....

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