wear off all restraint and reserve; as, the familiarity of old companions. Intimacy is the result of close
connection, and the freest interchange of thought; as, the intimacy of established friendship.
Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him.
We contract at last such a familiarity with them as makes it difficult and irksome for us to call off our
It is in our power to confine our friendships and intimacies to men of virtue.
(Ac*quaint"ance*ship), n. A state of being acquainted; acquaintance. Southey.
(Ac*quaint"ant) n. [Cf. F. acointant, p. pr.] An acquaintance. [R.] Swift.
(Ac*quaint"ed), a. Personally known; familiar. See To be acquainted with, under Acquaint,
(Ac*quaint"ed*ness), n. State of being acquainted; degree of acquaintance. [R.] Boyle.
(Ac*quest") n. [OF. aquest, F. acquêt, fr. LL. acquestum, acquisitum, for L. acquisitum, p. p.
(used substantively) of acquirere to acquire. See Acquire.]
1. Acquisition; the thing gained. [R.] Bacon.
2. (Law) Property acquired by purchase, gift, or otherwise than by inheritance. Bouvier.
(Ac`qui*esce") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Acquiesced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Acquiescing ] [L. acquiescere;
ad + quiescere to be quiet, fr. quies rest: cf. F. acquiescer. See Quiet.]
1. To rest satisfied, or apparently satisfied, or to rest without opposition and discontent (usually implying
previous opposition or discontent); to accept or consent by silence or by omitting to object; followed by
in, formerly also by with and to.
They were compelled to acquiesce in a government which they did not regard as just.
2. To concur upon conviction; as, to acquiesce in an opinion; to assent to; usually, to concur, not heartily
but so far as to forbear opposition.
Syn. To submit; comply; yield; assent; agree; consent; accede; concur; conform; accept tacitly.
(Ac`qui*es"cence) n. [Cf. F. acquiescence.]
1. A silent or passive assent or submission, or a submission with apparent content; distinguished from
avowed consent on the one hand, and on the other, from opposition or open discontent; quiet satisfaction.
2. (Crim. Law) (a) Submission to an injury by the party injured. (b) Tacit concurrence in the action of
(Ac`qui*es"cen*cy) n. The quality of being acquiescent; acquiescence.
(Ac`qui*es"cent) a. [L. acquiescens, -centis; p. pr.] Resting satisfied or submissive; disposed
tacitly to submit; assentive; as, an acquiescent policy.
(Ac`qui*es"cent*ly), adv. In an acquiescent manner.