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Definition of familiarity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//fəˌmɪlˈyærət̮i//
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  1. 1familiarity (with something) familiarity (to somebody) the state of knowing someone or something well; the state of recognizing someone or something His familiarity with the language helped him enjoy his stay. When she saw the house, she had a feeling of familiarity.
  2. 2a friendly, informal manner She addressed me with an easy familiarity that made me feel at home.
  3. Idioms
    familiarity breeds contempt (saying)
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    knowing someone or something very well may cause you to lose admiration and respect for them/it
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