- to associate in a fraternal or friendly way.
- to associate cordially or intimately with natives of a conquered country, enemy troops, etc.
- Archaic. to bring into fraternal association or sympathy.
Origin of fraternize
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Examples from the Web for fraternise
I daresay he thought I might fraternise and forget the past.A Mating in the Wilds
It shows that the stronger are willing to fraternise with the weaker.Frank Oldfield
They both visit us in the cold weather and fraternise with the common crows.Birds of the Plains
We will say to them, 'Soldiers of the mother country, fraternise with us, come and embrace us.'History of the Commune of 1871
Ayala had, at first, accepted him as a cousin, and had consented to fraternise with him.Ayala's Angel</p>
- (intr often foll by with) to associate on friendly terms
Word Origin and History for fraternise
1610s, "to sympathize as brothers," from French fraterniser, from Medieval Latin fraternizare, from fraternus "brotherly" (see fraternity). Military sense of "cultivate friendship with enemy troops" is from 1897 (used in World War I with reference to the Christmas Truce). Used oddly by World War II armed forces to mean "have sex with women from enemy countries."
A piece of frat, Wren-language for any attractive young woman -- ex-enemy -- in occupied territory. [John Irving, "Royal Navalese," 1946]
Related: Fraternized; fraternizing.