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.
A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Acquaintance between persons supposes that each knows the other; we may know a public man by his writings or speeches, and by sight, but can not claim acquaintance unless he personally knows us. There may be pleasant acquaintance with little companionship; and conversely, much companionship with little acquaintance, as between busy clerks at adjoining desks. So there may be association in business without intimacy or friendship. Acquaintance admits of many degrees, from a slight or passing to a familiar or intimate acquaintance; but acquaintance unmodified commonly signifies less than familiarity or intimacy. As regards persons, familiarity is becoming restricted to the undesirable sense, as in the proverb, "Familiarity breeds contempt;" hence, in personal relations, the word intimacy, which refers to mutual knowledge of thought and feeling, is now uniformly preferred. Friendship includes acquaintance with some degree of intimacy, and ordinarily companionship, though in a wider sense friendship may exist between those who have never met, but know each other only by word and deed. Acquaintance does not involve friendship, for one may be well acquainted with an enemy. Fellowship involves not merely acquaintance and companionship, but sympathy as well. There may be much friendship without much fellowship, as between those whose homes or pursuits are far apart. There may be pleasant fellowship which does not reach the fulness of friendship. Compare ATTACHMENT; FRIENDSHIP; LOVE. As regards studies, pursuits, etc., acquaintance is less than familiarity, which supposes minute knowledge of particulars, arising often from long experience or association.
Acquaintance with a subject; of one person with another; between persons.
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acquaintance, familiarity, conversance, conversancynoun
personal knowledge or information about someone or something
a relationship less intimate than friendship
a person with whom you are acquainted
"I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"
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How to use acquaintance in a sentence?
The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
If there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt.
To read a book for the first time is to make the acquaintance of a new friend; to read it a second time is to meet an old one.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.
I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.
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- познанство, познайникBulgarian
- ངོ་ཤེས་པTibetan Standard
- conegutCatalan, Valencian
- Bekannter, Bekannte, Umgang, BekanntschaftGerman
- γνωριμία, γνωστόςGreek
- junta, conocimiento, conocida, conocido, relación, amistad, tratoSpanish
- آشنا, آشناییPersian
- tuttu, tuttavuus, tuttava, tuttavasuhdeFinnish
- accointance, relation, fréquentationFrench
- ismeretség, ismerősHungarian
- ծանոթ, ծանոթությունArmenian
- 知り合い, 知人Japanese
- bekendheid, bekende, kennisDutch
- znajomy, znajomość, znajomaPolish
- [[ser]] [[conhecido]], conhecido, conhecimentoPortuguese
- cunoscută, cunoscut, cunoștințăRomanian
- знакомая, знакомство, знакомыйRussian
- pòznanica, pòznanīk, poznánstvoSerbo-Croatian
- známosť, známa, známySlovak
- bekantskap, bekantSwedish
- tanishuv, tanishUzbek
- người quenVietnamese
- hisevädan, sevädan, jisevädan, sevädVolapük
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