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familiar

[fuh-mil-yer] /fəˈmɪl yər/
adjective
1.
commonly or generally known or seen:
a familiar sight.
2.
well-acquainted; thoroughly conversant:
to be familiar with a subject.
3.
informal; easygoing; unceremonious; unconstrained:
to write in a familiar style.
4.
closely intimate or personal:
a familiar friend; to be on familiar terms.
5.
unduly intimate; too personal; taking liberties; presuming:
The duchess disliked familiar servants.
6.
domesticated; tame.
7.
of or pertaining to a family or household.
noun
8.
a familiar friend or associate.
9.
Witchcraft and Demonology.
  1. an animal, as a cat, that embodies a supernatural spirit and aids a witch in performing magic.
  2. familiar spirit.
10.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. an officer of the Inquisition, employed to arrest accused or suspected persons.
  2. a person who belongs to the household of the pope or of a bishop, rendering domestic though not menial service.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin familiāris of a household (see family, -ar1); replacing Middle English famulier < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related forms
familiarly, adverb
familiarness, noun
nonfamiliar, adjective
nonfamiliarly, adverb
overfamiliar, adjective
overfamiliarly, adverb
prefamiliar, adjective
prefamiliarly, adverb
quasi-familiar, adjective
quasi-familiarly, adverb
ultrafamiliar, adjective
Synonyms
4. Familiar, confidential, intimate suggest a long association between persons. Familiar means well-acquainted with another person: a familiar friend. Confidential suggests a sense of mutual trust that extends to the sharing of confidences and secrets: a confidential adviser. Intimate suggests close acquaintance or connection, often based on interest, sympathy, or affection: intimate and affectionate letters. 5. forward, bold.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-familiar

familiar

/fəˈmɪlɪə/
adjective
1.
well-known; easily recognized: a familiar figure
2.
frequent or customary: a familiar excuse
3.
(postpositive) foll by with. acquainted
4.
friendly; informal
5.
close; intimate
6.
more intimate than is acceptable; presumptuous
7.
an archaic word for familial
noun
8.
Also called familiar spirit. a supernatural spirit often assuming animal form, supposed to attend and aid a witch, wizard, etc
9.
a person, attached to the household of the pope or a bishop, who renders service in return for support
10.
an officer of the Inquisition who arrested accused persons
11.
a friend or frequent companion
Derived Forms
familiarly, adverb
familiarness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin familiāris domestic, from familiafamily
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Word Origin and History for quasi-familiar

familiar

adj.

mid-14c., "intimate, very friendly, on a family footing," from Old French famelier, from Latin familiaris "domestic, of a household;" also "familiar, intimate, friendly," dissimilated from *familialis, from familia (see family). The sense gradually broadened. Of things, from late 15c. The noun meaning "demon, evil spirit that answers one's call" is from 1580s.

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Encyclopedia Article for quasi-familiar

familiar

in Western demonology, small animal or imp kept as a witch's attendant, given to her by the devil or inherited from another witch. The familiar was a low-ranking demon that assumed any animal shape, such as a toad, dog, insect, or black cat. Sometimes the familiar was described as a grotesque creature of fantasy, an amalgam of several creatures.

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