Definition of 'familiarity'
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New signings all looked useful and familiarity is certain to bring further improvements. Times, Sunday Times (2013)What is vital is a familiarity with the subject and the general knowledge to answer questions. Times, Sunday Times (2013)We should learn to be cautious in familiar surroundings as to whether familiarity is breeding contempt. Your One Week Way to Mind-Fitness (1994)The adage that familiarity breeds contempt may be all too apposite. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But familiarity had bred contempt in one of us. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They say that familiarity breeds contempt. Christianity Today (2000)Norwegians often speak English with the same easy familiarity of their first language. The Sun (2011)His characters' observations on bird behaviour suggest an easy familiarity with nature. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Similarly, historians pretend to a false familiarity with their subjects by using the historic present. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It was a long affair, but familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Times, Sunday Times (2014)By contrast, sometimes familiarity breeds contempt. Your One Week Way to Mind-Fitness (1994)But sometimes rote learning encourages such easy familiarity with the forms of things that it doesn't help in understanding them. Times, Sunday Times (2013)And with familiarity, comes knowledge. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Maybe it is a case of familiarity breeds contempt and officers just get sloppy about basic housekeeping, but they really should know better. Times, Sunday Times (2008)A case of contempt breeding familiarity, perhaps? The Sun (2006)With cities, as with lovers, familiarity can breed contempt. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Nature gives us 18 months of this fix, before familiarity breeds contempt. Times, Sunday Times (2014)And maybe, just maybe, we would be better off without the easy familiarity of the moving image. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Reading between the lines, the old adage crops up that familiarity breeds contempt and this seems to be the case with Carneiro. The Sun (2015)A few tricks are missed, too, suggesting either a lack of familiarity with the subject or haste in composition. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)
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