- 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 fraternising
But, as things were, he abstained from fraternising and continued to goggle dumbly.Indiscretions of Archie
P. G. Wodehouse
Catch me fraternising again with any of them; a disreputable set of scoundrels with never a shirt to their back.Tales from Blackwood
And there must be no stretching the assimilation to the length of either concealing truth or fraternising in evil.
The doctor departed from the ceremony, fraternising with Campbell, and kept his bed for eight-and-forty hours.Devil-Worship in France
Arthur Edward Waite
They looked upon each other as brothers, and the outposts of both armies were fraternising.A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)
Thomas M. Lindsay
- (intr often foll by with) to associate on friendly terms
Word Origin and History for fraternising
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.