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fraternize

Line breaks: frat¦er|nize
Pronunciation: /ˈfratənʌɪz
 
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(also fraternise)

Definition of fraternize in English:

verb

[no object]
Associate or form a friendship with someone, especially when one is not supposed to: she ignored Elisabeth’s warning glare against fraternizing with the enemy
More example sentences
  • In our society we isolate judges… All of a sudden a lawyer at 40 goes from fraternising with friends to becoming a judge.
  • Lawyers and judges, even in quite large cities, usually know each other quite well and regularly fraternise socially.
  • Once the agreement is in place, then, and only then, will we have the time and the mutual inclination to teach, educate, socialize, fraternize, and speak the language of peace.
Synonyms

Origin

early 17th century: from French fraterniser, from medieval Latin fraternizare, from Latin fraternus 'brotherly' (see fraternal).

Derivatives

fraternization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • One argument against including women fully in the military has been the fear that the mutual attraction of men and women would create problems of improper fraternization and sexual intimacy.
  • They accept the logic of peaceful coexistence: cultural synthesis, religious tolerance, social fraternization, short of assimilation, partnership in development, political understanding.
  • The 2001 rules limited fraternization among agents and informants and instituted a Confidential Informant Review Committee that included federal prosecutors.

fraternizer

2
noun
Example sentences
  • He never wanted to be known as a fraternizer with the enemy.
  • Fraternizers comforted the enemy in time of war in return for privileges at a time when most people were suffering.
  • Contrary to Levin's assumption, most fraternizers were motivated by factors other than revenge or defeatism.

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