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familiarity

[fuh-mil-ee-ar-i-tee, -mil-yar-] /fəˌmɪl iˈær ɪ ti, -mɪlˈyær-/
noun, plural familiarities.
1.
thorough knowledge or mastery of a thing, subject, etc.
2.
the state of being familiar; friendly relationship; close acquaintance; intimacy.
3.
an absence of ceremony and formality; informality.
4.
freedom of behavior justified only by the closest relationship; undue intimacy.
5.
Often, familiarities. an instance of such freedom, as in action or speech.
6.
a sexual liberty or impropriety.
Origin of familiarity
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English familiarite (< Anglo-French) < Latin familiāritās intimacy. See familiar, -ity
Related forms
overfamiliarity, noun
prefamiliarity, noun
Synonyms
3. unconstraint. 4. liberty, freedom, license.
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  • To do that I must keep up my position, and over-familiarity would be the destruction of it.'

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • Never presume to cultivate an over-familiarity of manner, which is always offensive; rather be reserved—even to your best friends.

British Dictionary definitions for over-familiarity

familiarity

/fəˌmɪlɪˈærɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
reasonable knowledge or acquaintance, as with a subject or place
2.
close acquaintanceship or intimacy
3.
undue intimacy
4.
(sometimes pl) an instance of unwarranted intimacy
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Word Origin and History for over-familiarity

familiarity

n.

c.1200, from Old French familiarite and directly from Latin familiaritatem (nominative familiaritas) "intimacy, friendship," from familiaris "friendly, intimate" (see familiar). Meaning "undue intimacy" is from late 14c. That of "close acquaintance" is from c.1600.

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