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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Conversation \Con`ver*sa"tion\, n. [OE. conversacio (in senses 1
& 2), OF. conversacion, F. conversation, fr. L. conversatio
frequent abode in a place, intercourse, LL. also, manner of
1. General course of conduct; behavior. [Archaic]
Let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel.
2. Familiar intercourse; intimate fellowship or association;
close acquaintance. "Conversation with the best company."
I set down, out of long experience in business and
much conversation in books, what I thought pertinent
to this business. --Bacon.
3. Commerce; intercourse; traffic. [Obs.]
All traffic and mutual conversation. --Hakluyt.
4. Colloquial discourse; oral interchange of sentiments and
observations; informal dialogue.
The influence exercised by his [Johnson's]
conversation was altogether without a parallel.
5. Sexual intercourse; as, criminal conversation.
Syn: Intercourse; communion; commerce; familiarity;
discourse; dialogue; colloquy; talk; chat.
Usage: Conversation, Talk. There is a looser sense of
these words, in which they are synonymous; there is a
stricter sense, in which they differ. Talk is usually
broken, familiar, and versatile. Conversation is more
continuous and sustained, and turns ordinarily upon
topics or higher interest. Children talk to their
parents or to their companions; men converse together
in mixed assemblies. Dr. Johnson once remarked, of an
evening spent in society, that there had been a great
deal of talk, but no conversation.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas
or information etc.
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
69 Moby Thesaurus words for "conversation":
ESP, accents, answer, chat, chatter, collegiality, colloquy,
comment, commerce, communication, communion, community,
confabulation, congress, connection, contact, converse,
correspondence, dealing, dealings, debate, deliberation, dialogue,
discourse, discussion, elocution, exchange, fellowship, gab,
gossip, information, interaction, interchange, intercommunication,
intercommunion, intercourse, interplay, language,
linguistic intercourse, message, observation, oral communication,
palaver, parley, parole, prattle, rapping, remark, repartee, reply,
response, social activity, social intercourse, social relations,
speaking, speech, speech circuit, speech situation, talk, talking,
telepathy, touch, traffic, truck, two-way communication,
ventilation, words, yakkety-yak, yakking
From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :
generally the goings out and in of social intercourse (Eph. 2:3;
4:22; R.V., "manner of life"); one's deportment or course of
life. This word is never used in Scripture in the sense of
verbal communication from one to another (Ps. 50:23; Heb. 13:5).
In Phil. 1:27 and 3:20, a different Greek word is used. It there
means one's relations to a community as a citizen, i.e.,
From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :
CONVERSATION, n. A fair to the display of the minor mental
commodities, each exhibitor being too intent upon the arrangement of
his own wares to observe those of his neighbor.
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