AskDefine | Define familiarity

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1 personal knowledge or information about someone or something [syn: acquaintance, conversance, conversancy]
2 usualness by virtue of being familiar or well known [ant: unfamiliarity]
3 close or warm friendship; "the absence of fences created a mysterious intimacy in which no one knew privacy" [syn: intimacy, closeness]
4 a casual manner [syn: casualness]
5 an act of undue intimacy [syn: impropriety, indecorum, liberty]

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From Latin familiaritas


  1. The state of being extremely friendly; intimacy.
  2. Undue intimacy.
  3. Sexual intimacy.
  4. Informality; impertinence.
  5. An instance of familiar behaviour.
  6. Close or habitual acquaintance with someone; recognizability.


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