[ noun ] personal knowledge or information about someone or something

Used in print

(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)

In much the same way , we recognize the importance of Shakespeare 's familarity with Plutarch and Montaigne , of Shelley 's study of Plato 's dialogues , and of Coleridge 's enthusiastic plundering of the writings of many philosophers and theologians from Plato to Schelling and William_Godwin , through which so many abstract ideas were brought to the attention of English men_of_letters .

(H. A. Gleason, "Review of African language studies...)

This limited familiarity with the possible phenomena has severely hampered work with tone .

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information acquaint

[ noun ] close or warm friendship


intimacy closeness


"the absence of fences created a mysterious intimacy in which no one knew privacy"

Used in print

(T. C. McClary, "The Flooded Desert," Argosy,...)

He had left her inviolate , thinking familiarity would gentle her in_time .

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friendliness camaraderie

[ noun ] usualness by virtue of being familiar or well known

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(Christopher Davis, First Family....)

Mr._McKinley , for all his sprawling and his easy familiarity , was completely alert to his son , eyes always on the still face , jumping to anticipate Scotty_'s desires .

[ noun ] a casual manner



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informality slanginess

[ noun ] an act of undue intimacy

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