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  • conversant with the fine details of searching the Internet
  • all I can say is that he is little conversant with affairs of the heart, and I certainly shall not trouble myself to enlighten him any farther.
    Herman Melville  --  Typee
  • conversant with business trends
  • Charles Darnay was established in England as a higher teacher of the French language who was conversant with French literature.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale Of Two Cities

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  • Dantes employed it in maneuvering his yacht round the island, studying it as a skilful horseman would the animal he destined for some important service, till at the end of that time he was perfectly conversant with its good and bad qualities.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Nor conversant with ease and idleness,
    Shakespeare  --  King John
  • In spite of his size, the man had an amiable expression, and seemed to be joking with the thin-faced man, who looked like a marionette in comparison with his huge conversant.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Though his Australo-Ukrainian accent was certainly very odd, he was almost as fluent in English as I was; and considering what a short time he’d lived in America he was reasonably conversant in amerikanskii ways.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Impeccably educated, conversant in several languages, including Japanese, he had a perfect photographic memory.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Pari was surprised to learn that Maman liked jazz this much and that she was so conversant about so many different musicians.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • I’d become conversant in cancer talk.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • But my life for it he was either practically conversant with his subject, or else marvellously tutored by some experienced whaleman.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Their ideas are perpetually conversant in lines and figures.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Milady, on the contrary, was quite conversant with all aristocratic intrigues, amid which she had constantly lived for five or six years.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • More months, to the number of twelve, had come and gone, and Mr. Charles Darnay was established in England as a higher teacher of the French language who was conversant with French literature.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dantes employed it in manoeuvring his yacht round the island, studying it as a skilful horseman would the animal he destined for some important service, till at the end of that time he was perfectly conversant with its good and bad qualities.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • George became conversant, and he was just jingoist enough to honestly not care which side he was on-a rare and valuable trait, even in high-level debaters, Jack knew.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • It had been wrought, as was easy to perceive, with wonderful skill of needlework; and the stitch (as I am assured by ladies conversant with such mysteries) gives evidence of a now forgotten art, not to be discovered even by the process of picking out the threads.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Will people in a hundred years, though, be conversant with film comedy of the 1980s?
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • That is a cursed castle, said Galahad, and all they that be conversant therein, for all pity is out thereof, and all hardiness and mischief is therein.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Miss Cathy — conversant with no bad deeds except her own slight acts of disobedience, injustice, and passion, arising from hot temper and thoughtlessness, and repented of on the day they were committed — was amazed at the blackness of spirit that could brood on and cover revenge for years, and deliberately prosecute its plans without a visitation of remorse.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • ’My sister Lavinia,’ said she ’being conversant with matters of this nature, will state what we consider most calculated to promote the happiness of both parties.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Each likens it—not to the voice of an individual of any nation with whose language he is conversant—but the converse.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • During his exile in Rome, Shah had become conversant with many cultures and had no trouble pinpointing the place the large fair-haired man in the photographer’s vest came from.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He had become thoroughly conversant with that unwritten code with which he had been so pleased at Olmutz and according to which an ensign might rank incomparably higher than a general, and according to which what was needed for success in the service was not effort or work, or courage, or perseverance, but only the knowledge of how to get on with those who can grant rewards, and he was himself often surprised at the rapidity of his success and at the inability of others to understand…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The least of my Hitler colleagues knew some German; others were either fluent in the language or reasonably conversant.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • It is true, we are such poor navigators that our thoughts, for the most part, stand off and on upon a harborless coast, are conversant only with the bights of the bays of poesy, or steer for the public ports of entry, and go into the dry docks of science, where they merely refit for this world, and no natural currents concur to individualize them.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • As to poor Jones, the only relief to his distempered mind was an unwelcome piece of news, which, as it opens a scene of different nature from those in which the reader hath lately been conversant, will be communicated to him in the next chapter.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • New conversance with tradesmen’s bills had forced his reasoning into a new channel of comparison: he had begun to consider from a new point of view what was necessary and unnecessary in goods ordered, and to see that there must be some change of habits.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • —Nay, by Heaven! when I gaze on thee, and think when and how we are next to meet, I could even wish myself one of thine own degraded nation; my hand conversant with ingots and shekels, instead of spear and shield; my head bent down before each petty noble, and my look only terrible to the shivering and bankrupt debtor—this could I wish, Rebecca, to be near to thee in life, and to escape the fearful share I must have in thy death.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • ’Pray, uncle,’ said Kate, a little flurried, as people much more conversant with society often are, when they are about to enter a room full of strangers, and have had time to think of it previously, ’are there any ladies here?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • You are conversant with my wardrobe?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • That is a cursed castle, said Galahad, and all they that be conversant therein, for all pity is out thereof, and all hardiness and mischief is therein.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • Civil laws are only familiarly known to legal men, whose direct interest it is to maintain them as they are, whether good or bad, simply because they themselves are conversant with them.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • What the consequences of this system have been, is within the knowledge of every man the least conversant in our public affairs, and has been amply unfolded in different parts of these inquiries.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • His travels, his reading, the time spent in the company of men like Francis Dana and Thomas Jefferson had given him a maturity, made him conversant on a breadth of subjects that people found astonishing.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I have mentioned several times in the chapter to which this note relates, the work of Nathaniel Norton entitled "New England’s Memorial"; sufficiently, perhaps, to prove that it deserves the attention of those who would be conversant with the history of New England.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • I cannot doubt that the high laws which each man sees implicated in those processes with which he is conversant, the stern ethics which sparkle on his chisel edge, which are measured out by his plumb and foot rule, which stand as manifest in the footing of the shop bill as in the history of a state,—do recommend to him his trade, and though seldom named, exalt his business to his imagination.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • ) from amongst their Brethren like unto thee, and will put my words into his mouth," and this similitude with Moses, is also apparent in the actions of our Saviour himself, whilest he was conversant on Earth.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • …called, Clipping, embracing, Cog, small boat, Cognisance, badge, mark of distinction, Coif, head-piece, Comfort, strengthen, help, Cominal, common, Complished, complete, Con, know, be able, ; con thanlt, be grateful, Conserve, preserve, Conversant, abiding in, Cording, agreement, Coronal, circlet, Cost, side, Costed, kept up with, Couched, lay, Courage, encourage, Courtelage, courtyard, Covert, sheltered, Covetise, covetousness, Covin, deceit, Cream, oil, Credence, faith, Croup,…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • "And a very well-spoken, genteel, shrewd lady, she seemed to be," continued he; "asked more questions about the house, and terms, and taxes, than the Admiral himself, and seemed more conversant with business; and moreover, Sir Walter, I found she was not quite unconnected in this country, any more than her husband; that is to say, she is sister to a gentleman who did live amongst us once; she told me so herself: sister to the gentleman who lived a few years back at Monkford.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Tinker became conversant in Norwegian in a single week, taking lessons from his cell neighbors.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • With the affairs of these, the people will be more familiarly and minutely conversant.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The Collector’s junior clerk, too a young gentleman who, it was whispered occasionally covered a sheet of Uncle Sam’s letter paper with what (at the distance of a few yards) looked very much like poetry—used now and then to speak to me of books, as matters with which I might possibly be conversant.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The Americans have retained these three distinguishing characteristics of the judicial power; an American judge can only pronounce a decision when litigation has arisen, he is only conversant with special cases, and he cannot act until the cause has been duly brought before the court.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The better reason for my not being conversant with the slang of the bank, which is here dinning in my ears from morning to night; that noise of jingling crowns, which are constantly being counted and re-counted, is odious to me.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He was also more widely traveled and more conversant with French and Dutch than any American diplomat yet dispatched across the Atlantic.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Lastly, come Experience, long conversant with the wise, the good, the learned, and the polite.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • And though it may be thought that the knowledge of either may sufficiently enable him to describe at least that in which he hath been conversant, yet he will even here fall greatly short of perfection; for the follies of either rank do in reality illustrate each other.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The wiser effort would have been to diffuse thought and imagination through the opaque substance of to-day, and thus to make it a bright transparency; to spiritualise the burden that began to weigh so heavily; to seek, resolutely, the true and indestructible value that lay hidden in the petty and wearisome incidents, and ordinary characters with which I was now conversant.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
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