Acquaintance vs Inward - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between acquaintance and inward
is that acquaintance
is (uncountable) a state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal knowledge gained by intercourse short of that of friendship or intimacy while inward
is (obsolete|chiefly|in the plural) that which is inward or within; the inner parts or organs of the body; the viscera.
As a adjective inward is
situated on the inside; that is within, inner; belonging to the inside.
As a adverb inward is
towards the inside.
(uncountable) A state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal knowledge gained by intercourse short of that of friendship or intimacy
* 1799 , '', in ''The Works , Volume 6,
- I know of the man; but have no acquaintance with him.
(countable) A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.
* 1848 , , Chapter XVI:
- Contract no friend?hip, or even acquaintance , with a guileful man : he re?embles a coal, which when hot burneth the hand, and when cold blacketh it.
- Montgomery was an old acquaintance of Ferguson.
* Synonym notes: The words acquaintance , familiarity, and intimacy mark different degrees of closeness in social intercourse. Acquaintance arises from occasional intercourse; as, our acquaintance has been a brief one. We can speak of a slight or an intimate acquaintance. Familiarity is the result of continued acquaintance. It springs from persons being frequently together, so as to wear off all restraint and reserve; as, the familiarity of old companions. Intimacy is the result of close connection, and the freest interchange of thought; as, the intimacy of established friendship.
* familiarity, fellowship, intimacy, knowledge
* See also
* nodding acquaintance
Situated on the inside; that is within, inner; belonging to the inside.
(obsolete) Intimate, closely acquainted; familiar.
*:There is nothing can be added unto the daintinesse of Fulvius'' wives death, who was so inward with ''Augustus .
* Bible, Job xix. 19
* Sir Philip Sidney
- All my inward friends abhorred me.
- He had had occasion, by one very inward with him, to know in part the discourse of his life.
Towards the inside.
- So much the rather, thou Celestial Light, Shine inward . — Milton.
(obsolete, chiefly, in the plural) That which is inward or within; the inner parts or organs of the body; the viscera.
- (Jeremy Taylor)
(obsolete, chiefly, in the plural) The mental faculties.
(obsolete) A familiar friend or acquaintance.
- Then sacrificing, laid the inwards and their fat.
- I was an inward of his.