Complete Definition of "acquaintance"

English
rfc|Leftover rough list at end of defns. Usage notes are a mess.

Etymology
Old English aqueintance, Old French acointance, from acointier.

Pronunciation
IPA: WEAE /ÊËkwen.tÉns/
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Noun
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  1. uncountable 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

#:I know of the man; but have no acquaintance with him.
#*Sir W. Jones,
#*:Contract no friendship, or even acquaintance, with a guileful man.

  1. countable A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.

#*Thomas Macaulay
#*:Montgomery was an old acquaintance of Ferguson.

:*To be of acquaintance, to be intimate
:*To take acquaintance of or with
:*To make the acquaintance of.

Translations
trans-top|being acquainted
Dutch: bekendheid f
Finnish: tuttavuus, tuttavasuhde
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German: Bekanntschaft f
Japanese: ç¥ãåã (shiriai)
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trans-top|person
Catalan: conegutm
Dutch: kennis m, bekende m
Finnish: tuttava, tuttu
German: Bekannter
trans-mid
Italian: conoscenza m
Japanese: ç¥äºº (chijin)
Kurdish: KUchar|ÙاسÛار
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Usage notes
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.
*Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him. - Joseph Addison
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.
*We contract at last such a familiarity with them as makes it difficult and irksome for us to call off our minds. - Atterbury?
Intimacy is the result of close connection, and the freest interchange of thought; as, the intimacy of established friendship.
*It is in our power to confine our friendships and intimacies to men of virtue. - Rogers?

Synonyms
familiarity
fellowship
intimacy
knowledge

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