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Definition enjoy time together in a friendly way — especially when such a friendship is thought to be wrong
  • Our diplomats are told not to fraternize with prostitutes.
fraternize = enjoy time together in a friendly way
  • discourages managers from fraternizing with those who report to them
  • "His top advisers in the campaign are lobbyists," Obama told his traveling press, making no secret of his disdain for politicians who fraternize with influence brokers.
    Time, 2008  --,8599,1813602,00.html (retrieved 10/02/09)
  • comforting her said Majesty's enemies, harbouring spies and fraternizing with Humans.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • fraternizing = enjoying time together in a friendly way
  • Is one friend forbidden to visit another, or a Musketeer of my company to fraternize with a Guard of Dessessart's company?
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But for the moment people in very different walks of life were rubbing shoulders, fraternizing.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • He would have fraternized with obscure Hottentots.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Famous equality and fraternisation!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use fraternization.)
  • So now I know I'm a materialist and I was fraternizing with the hay when you came out and stood by the woods, scared to death."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • She's in the other pannier of this horse, fraternizing with the man in charge.'
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Dowley and I fraternized at once; I had had just such picked men, splendid fellows, under me in the Colt Arms Factory.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • This was done to prevent any fraternization with the political prisoners.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • They pay me to appraise, not fraternize.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • What happened to the rule of not fraternizing with the Daughters of Men?
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Ron was obviously casting around for words strong enough to describe Hermione's crime, "fraternizing with the enemy, that's what you're doing!"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • "Because someone'll hear you been fraternizing with roustabouts and chuck you—or more likely these guys—off this thing," he says.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Fashion understands itself; good-breeding and personal superiority of whatever country readily fraternize with those of every other.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It was as if they had climbed out of their opposing trenches and met to fraternize among the wires in No Man's Land.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Frankly, though, I'd just as soon the officers and enlisted men didn't fraternize in the briefing room.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It marked the first time the two groups fraternized together under official sanction.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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