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  • v. Alternative spelling of fraternize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be on friendly terms with someone, as if with a brother, especially with an enemy


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  • During popular movements in Germany and Russia, the party of freedom has sometimes hoped that the troops would come over to their side -- would "fraternise," as the expression goes.

    Essays in Rebellion

  • Mahomedans continued to "fraternise" in lawlessness, arson, and murder wherever the mob ran riot.

    India, Old and New

  • But there were more men killed in half an hour in that almost forgotten battle, than in all this mighty war we hear so much about. Ah! "he continued," they think we are vastly gratified when they 'fraternise' with us on our battlefields and decorate the graves of our dead.

    America To-day, Observations and Reflections

  • As long as they can fraternise and be seen to be seen they are happy.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • They may fraternise together in spiritual thoughts and feelings, without having any views at all of doctrines in common, or seeing the need of them.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • If Mandela could forgive and fraternise with the sobs who jailed him 27 years and destryed all that he held dear, if Mbeki could attend PW Botha's funeral, a man who presided over a state responsible for killing members of his family, Lord Tebbitt should have been able to make this effort.

    Norman Tebbit Refuses to Forgive Brighton Bomber

  • Ayala had, at first, accepted him as a cousin, and had consented to fraternise with him.

    Ayala's Angel

  • This was drunk in a kind of cubby-hole off the night nursery, the three colonials having failed to fraternise with the posse of English servants who had been taken over with the house: a set of prim, starched pokers these, ran the verdict; and deceitful, too, with their “sirs” and “madams” to your face, and all the sneery backbiting that went on below-stairs.

    The Way Home

  • At the end of his life he had become, on his own ground, as mellow as he was rich; he combined consummate shrewdness with the disposition superficially to fraternise, and his “social position,” on which he had never wasted a care, had the firm perfection of an unthumbed fruit.

    The Portrait of a Lady

  • The fat, rubicund little man would tiptoe into the room, finger on lip, half in order to amuse Elsa, half from a very genuine fear of disturbing or calling forth his learned son-in-law, with whom he found it impossible to fraternise.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg


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