- 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 fraternization
We are to succeed in the French mode, by the system of fraternization—all is French.
Better yet, where in all Fiji was fraternization more simple?The Pacific Triangle
This was the answer to Redmond's proposal of fraternization.John Redmond's Last Years
The fraternization which is developing on the front can easily turn into such a trap.Bolshevism</p>
Its privilege—its duty rather—is to ignore all applicants to fraternization that cannot return what it receives.Mizora: A Prophecy
Mary E. Bradley
- (intr often foll by with) to associate on friendly terms
Word Origin and History for fraternization
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.