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fraternize

[frat-er-nahyz] /ˈfræt ərˌnaɪz/
verb (used without object), fraternized, fraternizing.
1.
to associate in a fraternal or friendly way.
2.
to associate cordially or intimately with natives of a conquered country, enemy troops, etc.
verb (used with object), fraternized, fraternizing.
3.
Archaic. to bring into fraternal association or sympathy.
Also, especially British, fraternise.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < French fraterniser < Medieval Latin frāternizāre. See fraternal, -ize
Related forms
fraternization, noun
fraternizer, noun
unfraternized, adjective
unfraternizing, adjective
Synonyms
1. socialize, mingle, mix, consort, hobnob.
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Examples from the web for fraternizing
  • Soldiers on both sides are reprimanded and punished for fraternizing with the enemy.
  • Their clearances were revoked for medical health reasons, and fraternizing with foreign nationals and/or criminal behavior.
  • fraternizing with fractious felines: methods of restraint for cats.
British Dictionary definitions for fraternizing

fraternize

/ˈfrætəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by with. to associate on friendly terms
Derived Forms
fraternization, fraternisation, noun
fraternizer, fraterniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for fraternizing

fraternize

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fraternizing

fraternize

verb

To associate closely with inhabitants of an enemy country, esp to consort sexually with the women (WWII armed forces)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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