[ frat-er-nahy-zey-shuhn ]
/ ˌfræt ərˌnaɪˈzeɪ ʃən /
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the act of associating with a person or group in a friendly way: He sees race relations in Brazil as relatively harmonious, with fraternization in sports and carnivals.
social or, especially, intimate association with natives of a conquered country, with enemy or allied troops, between members of an organization who are of different ranks, etc.: The colonel was disciplined for fraternization with a junior enlisted airman.
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Also especially British, frat·er·ni·sa·tion .
Origin of fraternization
First recorded in 1790–1800; fraterniz(e) + -ation
Words nearby fraternization
fraternal insurance, fraternal society, fraternal twin, fraternity, fraternity house, fraternization, fraternize, fratricidal, fratricide, fratry, Frau
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How to use fraternization in a sentence
With this bar to congenial juvenile fraternization removed, Donald felt free to begin life on a new plane.The Viking Blood|Frederick William Wallace
A general fraternization ensued, and the late enemies and temporary friends regaled each other at various banquets.South America|W. H. Koebel
Better yet, where in all Fiji was fraternization more simple?The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie
An alliance marked by close fraternization always ends in cannon shot.Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas|Remy de Gourmont
Foster district and local societies to afford mutual instruction, and strengthen fraternization.