familiarness


familiarness

adjective

  1. commonly or generally known or seen: a familiar sight.
  2. well-acquainted; thoroughly conversant: to be familiar with a subject.
  3. informal; easygoing; unceremonious; unconstrained: to write in a familiar style.
  4. closely intimate or personal: a familiar friend; to be on familiar terms.
  5. unduly intimate; too personal; taking liberties; presuming: The duchess disliked familiar servants.
  6. domesticated; tame.
  7. of or relating to a family or household.

noun

  1. a familiar friend or associate.
  2. Also called familiar spirit. Witchcraft and Demonology. a supernatural spirit or demon, often in the form of an animal, supposed to serve and aid a witch or other individual.
  3. Roman Catholic Church.
    1. an officer of the Inquisition, employed to arrest accused or suspected persons.
    2. a person who belongs to the household of the pope or of a bishop, rendering domestic though not menial service.

adjective

  1. well-known; easily recognizeda familiar figure
  2. frequent or customarya familiar excuse
  3. (postpositive foll by with) acquainted
  4. friendly; informal
  5. close; intimate
  6. more intimate than is acceptable; presumptuous
  7. an archaic word for familial

noun

  1. Also called: familiar spirit a supernatural spirit often assuming animal form, supposed to attend and aid a witch, wizard, etc
  2. a person, attached to the household of the pope or a bishop, who renders service in return for support
  3. an officer of the Inquisition who arrested accused persons
  4. a friend or frequent companion
adj.

mid-14c., “intimate, very friendly, on a family footing,” from Old French famelier, from Latin familiaris “domestic, of a household;” also “familiar, intimate, friendly,” dissimilated from *familialis, from familia (see family). The sense gradually broadened. Of things, from late 15c. The noun meaning “demon, evil spirit that answers one’s call” is from 1580s.

see have a familiar ring.

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