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acquaintance


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Acquaintance  \Ac*quaint"ance\,  n.  [OE.  aqueintance  OF 
  acointance  fr  acointier  See  {Acquaint}.] 
  1.  A  state  of  being  acquainted,  or  of  having  intimate,  or 
  more  than  slight  or  superficial,  knowledge;  personal 
  knowledge  gained  by  intercourse  short  of  that  of 
  friendship  or  intimacy;  as  I  know  the  man;  but  have  no 
  acquaintance  with  him 
 
  Contract  no  friendship,  or  even  acquaintance,  with  a 
  guileful  man.  --Sir  W. 
  Jones. 
 
  2.  A  person  or  persons  with  whom  one  is  acquainted. 
 
  Montgomery  was  an  old  acquaintance  of  Ferguson. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  Note:  In  this  sense  the  collective  term  acquaintance  was 
  formerly  both  singular  and  plural,  but  it  is  now 
  commonly  singular,  and  has  the  regular  plural 
  acquaintances. 
 
  {To  be  of  acquaintance},  to  be  intimate. 
 
  {To  take  acquaintance  of}  or  {with},  to  make  the  acquaintance 
  of  [Obs.] 
 
  Syn:  Familiarity;  intimacy;  fellowship;  knowledge. 
 
  Usage:  {Acquaintance},  {Familiarity},  {Intimacy}.  These  words 
  mark  different  degrees  of  closeness  in  social 
  intercourse.  Acquaintance  arises  from  occasional 
  intercourse;  as  our  acquaintance  has  been  a  brief 
  one  We  can  speak  of  a  slight  or  an  intimate 
  acquaintance.  Familiarity  is  the  result  of  continued 
  acquaintance.  It  springs  from  persons  being  frequently 
  together,  so  as  to  wear  off  all  restraint  and  reserve; 
  as  the  familiarity  of  old  companions.  Intimacy  is  the 
  result  of  close  connection,  and  the  freest  interchange 
  of  thought;  as  the  intimacy  of  established 
  friendship. 
 
  Our  admiration  of  a  famous  man  lessens  upon  our 
  nearer  acquaintance  with  him  --Addison. 
 
  We  contract  at  last  such  a  familiarity  with  them 
  as  makes  it  difficult  and  irksome  for  us  to  call 
  off  our  minds.  --Atterbury. 
 
  It  is  in  our  power  to  confine  our  friendships 
  and  intimacies  to  men  of  virtue.  --Rogers. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  acquaintance 
  n  1:  personal  knowledge  or  information  about  someone  or  something 
  [syn:  {familiarity},  {conversance},  {conversancy}] 
  2:  a  relationship  less  intimate  than  friendship  [syn:  {acquaintanceship}] 
  3:  a  person  with  whom  you  are  acquainted;  "I  have  trouble 
  remembering  the  names  of  all  my  acquaintances";  "we  are 
  friends  of  the  family"  [syn:  {friend}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ACQUAINTANCE,  n.  A  person  whom  we  know  well  enough  to  borrow  from 
  but  not  well  enough  to  lend  to  A  degree  of  friendship  called  slight 
  when  its  object  is  poor  or  obscure,  and  intimate  when  he  is  rich  or 
  famous. 
 
 




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