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acquaintance

ACQUAI'NTANCE, n.

1. Familiar knowledge; a state of being acquainted, or of having intimate or more than slight or superficial knowledge; as, I know the man, but have no acquaintance with him. Sometimes it denotes a more slight knowledge.

2. A person or persons well known; usually persons we have been accustomed to see and converse with; sometimes, persons more slightly known.

Lover and friend has thou put far from me and mine acquaintance into darkness. Ps. 88.

My acquaintance are estranged from me. Job 19.

Acquaintances, in the plural is used, as applied to individual persons known; but more generally, acquaintance is used for one or more.

Acquaintant, in a like sense, is not used.



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ACQUAI'NTANCE, n.

1. Familiar knowledge; a state of being acquainted, or of having intimate or more than slight or superficial knowledge; as, I know the man, but have no acquaintance with him. Sometimes it denotes a more slight knowledge.

2. A person or persons well known; usually persons we have been accustomed to see and converse with; sometimes, persons more slightly known.

Lover and friend has thou put far from me and mine acquaintance into darkness. Ps. 88.

My acquaintance are estranged from me. Job 19.

Acquaintances, in the plural is used, as applied to individual persons known; but more generally, acquaintance is used for one or more.

Acquaintant, in a like sense, is not used.

AC-QUAINT'ANCE, n.

  1. Familiar knowledge; a state of being acquainted, or of having intimate or more than slight or superficial knowledge; as, I know the man, but have no acquaintance with him. Sometimes it denotes a more slight knowledge.
  2. A person or persons well known; usually persons we have been accustomed to see and converse with; sometimes, persons more slightly known. Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and my acquaintance into darkness. Ps. lxxxviii. My acquaintance are estranged from me. Job xix. Acquaintances, in the plural, is used, as applied to individual persons known; but more generally, acquaintance is used for one or more. Acquaintant, in like sense is not used.

Ac*quaint"ance
  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.

    * 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. -- 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.

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Acquaintance

ACQUAI'NTANCE, noun

1. Familiar knowledge; a state of being acquainted, or of having intimate or more than slight or superficial knowledge; as, I know the man, but have no acquaintance with him. Sometimes it denotes a more slight knowledge.

2. A person or persons well known; usually persons we have been accustomed to see and converse with; sometimes, persons more slightly known.

Lover and friend has thou put far from me and mine acquaintance into darkness. Psalms 88:8.

My acquaintance are estranged from me. Job 19:13.

Acquaintances, in the plural is used, as applied to individual persons known; but more generally, acquaintance is used for one or more.

Acquaintant, in a like sense, is not used.

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