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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conversation  \Con`ver*sa"tion\,  n.  [OE.  conversacio  (in  senses  1 
  &  2),  OF  conversacion,  F.  conversation,  fr  L.  conversatio 
  frequent  abode  in  a  place  intercourse,  LL  also  manner  of 
  life.] 
  1.  General  course  of  conduct;  behavior.  [Archaic] 
 
  Let  your  conversation  be  as  it  becometh  the  gospel. 
  --Philip.  i. 
  27. 
 
  2.  Familiar  intercourse;  intimate  fellowship  or  association; 
  close  acquaintance.  ``Conversation  with  the  best 
  company.''  --Dryden. 
 
  I  set  down  out  of  long  experience  in  business  and 
  much  conversation  in  books,  what  I  thought  pertinent 
  to  this  business.  --Bacon. 
 
  3.  Commerce;  intercourse;  traffic.  [Obs.] 
 
  All  traffic  and  mutual  conversation.  --Hakluyt. 
 
  4.  Colloquial  discourse;  oral  interchange  of  sentiments  and 
  observations;  informal  dialogue. 
 
  The  influence  exercised  by  his  [Johnson's] 
  conversation  was  altogether  without  a  parallel. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  5.  Sexual  intercourse;  as  criminal  conversation. 
 
  Syn:  Intercourse;  communion;  commerce;  familiarity; 
  discourse;  dialogue;  colloquy;  talk;  chat. 
 
  Usage:  {Conversation},  {Talk}.  There  is  a  looser  sense  of 
  these  words  in  which  they  are  synonymous;  there  is  a 
  stricter  sense  in  which  they  differ.  Talk  is  usually 
  broken,  familiar,  and  versatile.  Conversation  is  more 
  continuous  and  sustained,  and  turns  ordinarily  upon 
  topics  or  higher  interest.  Children  talk  to  their 
  parents  or  to  their  companions;  men  converse  together 
  in  mixed  assemblies.  Dr  Johnson  once  remarked,  of  an 
  evening  spent  in  society,  that  there  had  been  a  great 
  deal  of  talk,  but  no  conversation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  conversation 
  n  :  speech  used  for  informal  exchange  of  views 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Conversation 
  generally  the  goings  out  and  in  of  social  intercourse  (Eph.  2:3; 
  4:22;  R.V.,  "manner  of  life");  one's  deportment  or  course  of 
  life.  This  word  is  never  used  in  Scripture  in  the  sense  of 
  verbal  communication  from  one  to  another  (Ps.  50:23;  Heb.  13:5). 
  In  Phil.  1:27  and  3:20,  a  different  Greek  word  is  used  It  there 
  means  one's  relations  to  a  community  as  a  citizen,  i.e., 
  citizenship. 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CONVERSATION,  n.  A  fair  to  the  display  of  the  minor  mental 
  commodities,  each  exhibitor  being  too  intent  upon  the  arrangement  of 
  his  own  wares  to  observe  those  of  his  neighbor. 
 
 




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