converse

Converse is a more formal way of saying "carry on a conversation." You could converse with your best friend for hours over lunch, but continue the chit-chat through the afternoon matinee and you might get shushed.

Oddly enough, converse was originally a verb meaning “to move about, live or dwell” when it first came into existence in the mid 14th century. But today we only use converse to talk about, well, talking. Quipped the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “When marrying, one should ask oneself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this woman into your old age?” A good question for marrying men and women!

Primary Meanings of converse

1.
v
carry on a conversation
2.
adjn
turned about in order or relation
a proposition obtained by conversion
Full Definitions of converse
1

v carry on a conversation

Synonyms:
discourse
Types:
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argue, contend, debate, fence
have an argument about something
interview, question
conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
interview
discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation
interview
go for an interview in the hope of being hired
chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
talk socially without exchanging too much information
stickle
dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
spar
fight verbally
bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, quibble, squabble
argue over petty things
altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
have a disagreement over something
oppose
be against; express opposition to
jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with
2

adj turned about in order or relation

Synonyms:
reversed, transposed
backward
directed or facing toward the back or rear

adj of words so related that one reverses the relation denoted by the other

“`parental' and `filial' are converse terms”
Synonyms:
antonymous
of words: having opposite meanings

n a proposition obtained by conversion

Type of:
proposition
(logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false

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