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familiar
WordNet 2.0
  • a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
  • a person who is frequently in the company of another
  • "drinking companions"
  • "comrades in arms"
  • a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
  • having mutual interests or affections
  • of established friendship
  • "on familiar terms"
  • "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
  • well known or easily recognized
  • "a familiar figure"
  • "familiar songs"
  • "familiar guests"
  • within normal everyday experience
  • common and ordinary
  • not strange
  • "familiar ordinary objects found in every home"
  • "a familiar everyday scene"
  • "a familiar excuse"
  • "a day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences"
familiar
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Of or pertaining to a family; domestic. "Familiar feuds." Byron.

    2. Closely acquainted or intimate, as a friend or companion; well versed in, as any subject of study; as, familiar with the Scriptures.

    3. Characterized by, or exhibiting, the manner of an intimate friend; not formal; unconstrained; easy; accessible. "In loose, familiar strains." Addison.

    "Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar." -- Shak.

    4. Well known; well understood; common; frequent; as, a familiar illustration.

    "That war, or peace, or both at once, may be As things acquainted and familiar to us." -- Shak.

    "There is nothing more familiar than this." -- Locke.

    5. Improperly acquainted; wrongly intimate. Camden.

    Familiar spirit
    a demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at call. 1 Sam. xxviii. 3, 7-9.

  • 1. An intimate; a companion.

    "All my familiars watched for my halting." -- Jer. xx. 10.

    2. An attendant demon or evil spirit. Shak.

    3. (Court of Inquisition) A confidential officer employed in the service of the tribunal, especially in apprehending and imprisoning the accused.

 

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