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Synonyms for familiar

Synonyms for familiar

a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support

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a friend who is frequently in the company of another

a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard

well known or easily recognized

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within normal everyday experience

(usually followed by 'with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly

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having mutual interests or affections

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References in classic literature ?
This may be taken in two senses, the first when a thing not merely feels familiar, but we know it is such-and-such.
Whenever the moonlight penetrated there, it showed me some familiar object that recalled my happiest days.
They were so familiar that at length one alighted on an armful of wood which I was carrying in, and pecked at the sticks without fear.
One luckless evening it occurred to me to test my wife's fidelity in a vulgar, commonplace way familiar to everyone who has acquaintance with the literature of fact and fiction.
It spoke to us in a language of its own; and with a pathos more tender than any words might bring, its mute eloquence swept down the long roll of the centuries with its tale of a vacant chair, a familiar footstep missed from the threshold, a pleasant voice gone from the chorus, a vanished form
We never entirely appreciated, before, what a very pleasant den our state-room is; nor how jolly it is to sit at dinner in one's own seat in one's own cabin, and hold familiar conversation with friends in one's own language.
For twenty minutes he pored over them, when suddenly they commenced to take familiar though distorted shapes.
Some day he would venture into the camp in daylight and talk with these people through the medium of the little bugs which were familiar to them and to Tarzan.
He was a familiar figure at the race course, the opera, the fashionable clubs.
The whitewashed walls; the little pews where well-known figures entered with a subdued rustling, and where first one well-known voice and then another, pitched in a peculiar key of petition, uttered phrases at once occult and familiar, like the amulet worn on the heart; the pulpit where the minister delivered unquestioned doctrine, and swayed to and fro, and handled the book in a long accustomed manner; the very pauses between the couplets of the hymn, as it was given out, and the recurrent swell of voices in song: these things had been the channel of divine influences to Marner--they were the fostering home of his religious emotions--they were Christianity and God's kingdom upon earth.
No wonder his thoughts were still with his loom and his money when he made his journeys through the fields and the lanes to fetch and carry home his work, so that his steps never wandered to the hedge-banks and the lane-side in search of the once familiar herbs: these too belonged to the past, from which his life had shrunk away, like a rivulet that has sunk far down from the grassy fringe of its old breadth into a little shivering thread, that cuts a groove for itself in the barren sand.
I began to recognize our own petty and familiar architecture, the thousands hand ran back to the starting-point, the night and day flapped slower and slower.
Then I stopped the machine, and saw about me again the old familiar laboratory, my tools, my appliances just as I had left them.
He spoke gravely, resenting the familiar tone in which the manager had referred to his previous visit to the hotel.
Every one should be familiar with all the poems of Milton mentioned in the text.