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FAMIL'IAR, a. famil'yar. [L. familiaris, familia, family, which see.]

1. Pertaining to a family; domestic.

2. Accustomed by frequent converse; well acquainted with; intimate; close; as a familiar friend or companion.

3. Affable; not formal or distant; easy in conversation.

Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.

4. Well acquainted with; knowing by frequent use. Be familiar with the scriptures.

5. Well known; learned or well understood by frequent use. Let the scriptures be familiar to us.

6. Unceremonious; free; unconstrained; easy. The emperor conversed with the gentleman in the most familiar manner.

7. Common; frequent and intimate. By familiar intercourse, strong attachments are soon formed.

8. Easy; unconstrained; not formal. His letters are written in a familiar style.

He sports in loose familiar strains.

9. Intimate in an unlawful degree.

A poor man found a priest familiar with his wife.

FAMIL'IAR, n.

1. An intimate; a close companion; one long acquainted; one accustomed to another by free, unreserved converse.

All my familiars watched for my halting. Jer. 20.

2. A demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at a call. But in general we say, a familiar spirit.

3. In the court of Inquisition, a person who assists in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.



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FAMIL'IAR, a. famil'yar. [L. familiaris, familia, family, which see.]

1. Pertaining to a family; domestic.

2. Accustomed by frequent converse; well acquainted with; intimate; close; as a familiar friend or companion.

3. Affable; not formal or distant; easy in conversation.

Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.

4. Well acquainted with; knowing by frequent use. Be familiar with the scriptures.

5. Well known; learned or well understood by frequent use. Let the scriptures be familiar to us.

6. Unceremonious; free; unconstrained; easy. The emperor conversed with the gentleman in the most familiar manner.

7. Common; frequent and intimate. By familiar intercourse, strong attachments are soon formed.

8. Easy; unconstrained; not formal. His letters are written in a familiar style.

He sports in loose familiar strains.

9. Intimate in an unlawful degree.

A poor man found a priest familiar with his wife.

FAMIL'IAR, n.

1. An intimate; a close companion; one long acquainted; one accustomed to another by free, unreserved converse.

All my familiars watched for my halting. Jer. 20.

2. A demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at a call. But in general we say, a familiar spirit.

3. In the court of Inquisition, a person who assists in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.

FA-MIL'IAR, a. [famil'yar; L. familiaris; Fr. familier; Sp. familiar; from L. familia, family, which see.]

  1. Pertaining to a family; domestic. Pope.
  2. Accustomed by frequent converse; well acquainted with; intimate; close; as, a familiar friend or companion.
  3. Affable; not formal or distant; easy in conversation. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. Shak.
  4. Well acquainted with; knowing by frequent use. Be familiar with the Scriptures.
  5. Well known; learnt or well understood by frequent use. Let the Scriptures be familiar to us.
  6. Unceremonious; free; unconstrained; easy. The emperor conversed with the gentleman in the most familiar manner.
  7. Common; frequent and intimate. By familiar intercourse, strong attachments are soon formed.
  8. Easy; unconstrained; not formal. His letters are written in a familiar style. He sports in loose familiar strains. Addison.
  9. Intimate in an unlawful degree. A poor man found a priest familiar with his wife. Camden.

FA-MIL'IAR, n.

  1. An intimate; a close companion; one long acquainted; one accustomed to another by free, unreserved converse. All my familiars watched for my halting. Jer. xx.
  2. A demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at a call. But in general we say, a familiar spirit. Shak.
  3. In the court of Inquisition, a person who assists in apprehending and imprisoning the accused. Encyc.

Fa*mil`iar
  1. Of or pertaining to a family] domestic.

    "Familiar feuds." Byron.
  2. An intimate; a companion.

    All my familiars watched for my halting. Jer. xx. 10.

  3. Closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion; well versed in, as any subject of study; as, familiar with the Scriptures.
  4. An attendant demon or evil spirit.

    Shak.
  5. Characterized by, or exhibiting, the manner of an intimate friend; not formal; unconstrained; easy; accessible.

    "In loose, familiar strains." Addison.

    Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. Shak.

  6. A confidential officer employed in the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.
  7. Well known; well understood; common; frequent; as, a familiar illustration.

    That war, or peace, or both at once, may be
    As things acquainted and familiar to us.
    Shak.

    There is nothing more familiar than this. Locke.

  8. Improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate.

    Camden.

    Familiar spirit, a demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at call. 1 Sam. xxviii. 3, 7-9.

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Familiar

FAMIL'IAR, adjective famil'yar. [Latin familiaris, familia, family, which see.]

1. Pertaining to a family; domestic.

2. Accustomed by frequent converse; well acquainted with; intimate; close; as a familiar friend or companion.

3. Affable; not formal or distant; easy in conversation.

Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.

4. Well acquainted with; knowing by frequent use. Be familiar with the scriptures.

5. Well known; learned or well understood by frequent use. Let the scriptures be familiar to us.

6. Unceremonious; free; unconstrained; easy. The emperor conversed with the gentleman in the most familiar manner.

7. Common; frequent and intimate. By familiar intercourse, strong attachments are soon formed.

8. Easy; unconstrained; not formal. His letters are written in a familiar style.

He sports in loose familiar strains.

9. Intimate in an unlawful degree.

A poor man found a priest familiar with his wife.

FAMIL'IAR, noun

1. An intimate; a close companion; one long acquainted; one accustomed to another by free, unreserved converse.

All my familiars watched for my halting. Jeremiah 20:10.

2. A demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at a call. But in general we say, a familiar spirit.

3. In the court of Inquisition, a person who assists in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

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Thy own importance know.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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