conversant


conversant
conversant, versed are comparable when they mean being familiar with something; they are seldom found in attributive use.
Conversant (usually followed by with) implies a familiarity with a subject or a field of knowledge or with the writings on that subject or in that field that comes from long association, long experience, frequent intercourse, or many dealings with them
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like Walpole ... he was thoroughly conversant with questions of finance— Lecky

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The Pilgrim's Progress[/i] is known not only to everyone who is conversant with the other writings of the period, but to thousands, the world around, who never heard of . . . [Bacon's] EssaysLowes

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British officers . . . must be conversant with the ways of a dozen or more castes— Rand

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Versed (followed by in) may be used interchangeably with conversant or it may be used distinctively to convey not only an implication of familiarity with something, but of skill, adeptness, or proficiency (as in an art or a profession); thus, a person versed in law need not be conversant with the laws of all European countries; a specialist in forensic medicine though versed in medicine may not be conversant with all the new methods of treating pneumonia. Because of this added implication, versed is often used in combination
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well- versed

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ill-versed

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poorly versed

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I don't think him deeply versed in life— Byron

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political minutemen excited by the issues of the day, informed on these issues and at the same time fully versed in the problems of the community— Humphrey

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versed in all the arts of procrastination, indolence, and evasion—/!. R. Williams

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Analogous words: intimate, *familiar: informed, acquainted (see INFORM): *learned, erudite: adept, *proficient, skilled, expert, skillful, masterly
Antonyms: ignorant

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

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  • Conversant — Con ver*sant, a. [L. conversans, p. pr. of conversari: cf. F. conversant.] 1. Having frequent or customary intercourse; familiary associated; intimately acquainted. [1913 Webster] I have been conversant with the first persons of the age. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conversant — ⇒CONVERSANT, ANTE, part. prés. et adj. I. Part. prés. de converser. II. Adj. Qui converse, parle avec autrui; p. méton. où l on converse avec autrui. Il [Frédéric] s est surtout fait une solitude très animée, très conversante et selon ses goûts… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • conversant — late 14c., from O.Fr. conversant, prp. of converser (see CONVERSE (Cf. converse) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • conversant — ► ADJECTIVE (conversant with) ▪ familiar with or knowledgeable about …   English terms dictionary

  • conversant — [kən vʉr′sənt, kän′vərsənt] adj. [ME conversaunt < OFr conversant < L conversans, prp. of conversari: see CONVERSE1] familiar or acquainted (with), esp. as a result of study or experience; versed ( in) conversance n. conversancy… …   English World dictionary

  • Conversant — Con*vers ant, n. One who converses with another; a convenser. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conversant — index cognizant, competent, expert, familiar (informed), learned, literate, practiced, proficient …   Law dictionary

  • conversant — conversant, ante (kon vèr san, san t ) adj. Qui converse avec les hommes, avec le monde. •   Pendant sa vie conversante et les années de sa prédication, BOSSUET Sil. 2. HISTORIQUE    XIVe s. •   Conversans par le monde, Ordonn. des rois de Fr. t …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • conversant — [adj] experienced, familiar with abreast, acquainted, alive, apprehensive, au courant, au fait, aware, cognizant, comprehending, conscious, cool*, down with*, hep*, hip*, informed, into, kept posted, knowing, knowledgeable, learned, on the beam* …   New thesaurus

  • conversant — adj. (cannot stand alone) familiar 1) thoroughly conversant 2) conversant in 3) conversant with (conversant with procedures) * * * [kən vɜːs(ə)nt] (cannot stand alone) [ familiar ] thoroughly conversant conversant in conversant with (conversant… …   Combinatory dictionary


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