fred con-verse

Converse

[kon-vurs] ,
noun
Frederick Shepherd [shep-erd] , 1871–1940, U.S. composer.
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converse1
 
vb (often foll by with)
1.  to engage in conversation (with)
2.  to commune spiritually (with)
3.  obsolete
 a.  to associate; consort
 b.  to have sexual intercourse
 
n
4.  conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
5.  obsolete
 a.  fellowship or acquaintance
 b.  sexual intercourse
 
[C16: from Old French converser, from Latin conversārī to keep company with, from conversāre to turn constantly, from vertere to turn]
 
con'verser1
 
n

converse2 (ˈkɒnvɜːs)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
 
n
2.  something that is opposite or contrary
3.  logic
 a.  a categorical proposition obtained from another by the transposition of subject and predicate, as no bad man is bald from no bald man is bad
 b.  a proposition so derived, possibly by weakening a universal proposition to the corresponding particular, as some socialists are rich from all rich men are socialists
4.  logic, maths a relation that holds between two relata only when a given relation holds between them in reverse order: thus father of is the converse of son of
 
[C16: from Latin conversus turned around; see converse1]

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converse
"to communicate (with)," 1590s; earlier "to move about" (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. converser (12c.), from L. conversari (see conversation). Related: Conversing.

converse
"exact opposite," 1570, from L. conversus "turn around," pp. of convertere "to turn about" (see convert). Originally mathematical. Related: Conversely (1806).
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