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Definition of Converse


  1. To keep company; to hold intimate intercourse; to commune; -- followed by with.
  2. 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.
  3. To have knowledge of, from long intercourse or study; -- said of things.
  4. Frequent intercourse; familiar communion; intimate association.
  5. Familiar discourse; free interchange of thoughts or views; conversation; chat.
  6. Turned about; reversed in order or relation; reciprocal; as, a converse proposition.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Converse Quotations

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
Friedrich Nietzsche

However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.
John Adams

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.
Jonathan Swift

I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
Samuel Johnson
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Converse Translations

converse in Dutch is converseren, een gesprek voeren
converse in French is conversez, conversons, conversent, converser
converse in German is unterrede, sprechen
converse in Portuguese is inverso
converse in Swedish is samtala, konversera, motsatt

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