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Friendship definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FRIEND'SHIP, n. frend'ship.
1. An attachment to a person, proceeding from intimate acquaintance, and a reciprocation of kind offices, or from a favorable opinion of the amiable and respectable qualities of his mind. Friendship differs from benevolence, which is good will to mankind in general, and from that love which springs from animal appetite. True friendship is a noble and virtuous attachment, springing from a pure source, a respect for worth or amiable qualities. False friendship may subsist between bad men, as between thieves and pirates. This is a temporary attachment springing from interest, and may change in a moment to enmity and rancor.
There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.
There is little friendship in the world.
The first law of friendship is sincerity.
2. Mutual attachment; intimacy.
If not in friendship, live at least in peace.
3. Favor; personal kindness.
His friendships, still a few confined, were always of the middling kind.
4. Friendly aid; help; assistance.
5. Conformity; affinity; correspondence; aptness to unite.
We know those colors which have a friendship with each other.
[Not common and hardly legitimate.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the state of being friends (or friendly) [syn: friendship, friendly relationship]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: before 12th century 1. the state of being friends 2. the quality or state of being friendly ; friendliness 3. obsolete aid

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 being friends, the relationship between friends. 2 a friendly disposition felt or shown. Etymology: OE freondscipe (as FRIEND, -SHIP)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Friendship Friend"ship, n. [AS. fre['o]ndscipe. See Friend, and -ship.] 1. The state of being friends; friendly relation, or attachment, to a person, or between persons; affection arising from mutual esteem and good will; friendliness; amity; good will. There is little friendship in the world. --Bacon. There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. --Rambler. Preferred by friendship, and not chosen by sufficiency. --Spenser. 2. Kindly aid; help; assistance, [Obs.] Some friendship will it [a hovel] lend you gainst the tempest. --Shak. 3. Aptness to unite; conformity; affinity; harmony; correspondence. [Obs.] Those colors . . . have a friendship with each other. --Dryden.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(friendships) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. A friendship is a relationship between two or more friends. She struck up a close friendship with Desiree during the week of rehearsals... After seven years of friendship, she still couldn't tell when he was kidding. N-VAR 2. You use friendship to refer in a general way to the state of being friends, or the feelings that friends have for each other. ...a hobby which led to a whole new world of friendship and adventure. 3. Friendship is a relationship between two countries in which they help and support each other. The President set the targets for the future to promote friendship with East Europe... = goodwill N-VAR

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Attachment, affection, fondness, love, deep regard. 2. Intimacy, intimate relation, close fellowship, close tie. 3. Friendliness, amity, amicableness, fellowship, kindly association, friendly regard, good-fellowship, harmony, mutual regard or good feeling. 4. Favor, kindness, aid, help, assistance, good-will.

Moby Thesaurus

accord, affection, affinity, alliance, amiability, amicability, amity, attachment, attraction, benevolence, brotherhood, closeness, coalition, comity, companionability, comradeship, concord, congeniality, consonance, conviviality, devotion, empathy, esteem, familiarity, federation, fellowship, fondness, fraternity, friendliness, fusion, harmony, intimacy, kindliness, league, love, rapport, sisterhood, sociability, warmth


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