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Definitions of converse

  1. carry on a conversation
  2. a proposition obtained by conversion
  3. of words so related that one reverses the relation denoted by the other; "` parental' and ` filial' are converse terms"
  4. To keep company; to hold intimate intercourse; to commune; -- followed by with.
  5. To engage in familiar colloquy; to interchange thoughts and opinions in a free, informal manner; to chat; -- followed by with before a person; by on, about, concerning, etc., before a thing.
  6. To have knowledge of, from long intercourse or study; -- said of things.
  7. Frequent intercourse; familiar communion; intimate association.
  8. Familiar discourse; free interchange of thoughts or views; conversation; chat.
  9. Turned about; reversed in order or relation; reciprocal; as, a converse proposition.
  10. A proposition which arises from interchanging the terms of another, as by putting the predicate for the subject, and the subject for the predicate; as, no virtue is vice, no vice is virtue.
  11. A proposition in which, after a conclusion from something supposed has been drawn, the order is inverted, making the conclusion the supposition or premises, what was first supposed becoming now the conclusion or inference. Thus, if two sides of a sides of a triangle are equal, the angles opposite the sides are equal; and the converse is true, i. e., if these angles are equal, the two sides are equal.
  12. To interchange thoughts; talk familiarly.
  13. Reversed in order or relation; opposite.
  14. Conversely.
  15. To have intercourse: to talk familiarly.
  16. Familiar intercourse: conversation.
  17. A proposition converted or turned about - i. e. one in which the subject and predicate have changed places.
  18. Reversed in order or relation.
  19. Familiar inter course; talk; the reverse of a proposition.
  20. To have intercourse; talk familiarly.
  21. To speak together informally and alternately.
  22. To associate; commune.
  23. Transposed; reversed.
  24. Conversation; intercourse; communion.
  25. The reverse; an inverted proposition.
  26. Opposite or reciprocal.
  27. Conversation; acquaintance by frequent or customary intercourse; familiarity; the proposition resulting from transposing the terms; an inverted proposition.
  28. To hold intercourse with; to interchange thoughts or talk familiarly with.
  29. To talk familiarly with; to speak with, as a friend with a friend; to convey thoughts and opinions in friendly intercourse.
  30. Familiar discourse or talk.
  31. In math., an opposite proposition; in logic, a sentence or proposition in which the terms are interchanged, as putting the predicate for the subject.
  32. Opposite; reciprocal.
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Usage examples for converse

  1. And what language did they converse in with her? – Joan of Arc by Ronald Sutherland Gower
  2. It seemed, at times, that they were speaking the language of angels of light; that I ought to fall at their feet, and ask their pardon for having spoken to them of questions on which a man of honour ought never to converse with a woman whom he respects. – The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional by Father Chiniquy
  3. " After half an hour's converse," Sally says, " in which we raised our expectations to the highest pitch, we parted." – Ten Girls from History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  4. And then for the next half- hour the two ladies held sweet converse together, during which we will go back to the gentlemen over their wine. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  5. Thereupon Rochad goes alone to converse with her. – The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge by Unknown
  6. " Very willingly," replied Francis; " but go for this morning, do honor to those friends who have invited you, eat with them, and after that we will converse as much as you please." – Life of St. Francis of Assisi by Paul Sabatier
  7. I have reason for what I say, since we have often met together in familiar converse, and may the day be cursed on which you ever said any good about anybody on earth. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  8. To converse in loud tones or talk of personal matters anywhere in public shows great lack of fine feeling and good breeding. – The Etiquette of To-day by Edith B. Ordway
  9. The converse also is true; if a man is not a good, sound, honest, capable liar there is no truth in him. – The Note-Books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler
  10. So the two friends exchanged but few words,- though they tried to converse cheerfully on indifferent subjects, and failed in the attempt. – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  11. I told her of the spirits with whom we held converse. – At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason
  12. Mr. Striker continued: " Mrs. Hudson, I see, is too deeply agitated to converse with you freely. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  13. After a long experience, I find the exact converse to be true, namely, that it is only when one has overcome the mechanical difficulties that one can " let one's self go" in the dramatic interest of the story. – The Art of the Story-Teller by Marie L. Shedlock
  14. Upon the further bench, my master was seated, his face set towards me, in earnest converse with a woman. – First Person Paramount by Ambrose Pratt
  15. But what pleases me best of all is your description of the entertainments, where men and women converse together as they like. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
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