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acquaintance

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Etymology

Old English aqueintance, Old French acointance, from acointier.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
acquaintance

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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.
  2. (countable) A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.
  • To be of acquaintance, to be intimate
  • To take acquaintance of or with
  • To make the acquaintance of.

Usage notes

  • 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?

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