friendship

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English frendshipe, from Old English frēondsċipe, from Proto-West Germanic *friundskapi. Equivalent to friend +‎ -ship.

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  • enPR: frĕnd'shĭp, IPA(key): /ˈfɹɛndʃɪp/
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Noun[edit]

friendship (countable and uncountable, plural friendships)

  1. (uncountable) The condition of being friends.
    • 1570, William Lambard, quoting Horace, A Perambulation of Kent[1], published 1596, page 341:
      But (as the Poet ſaith) Malè ſarta gratia, nequicquam coit, & reſcinditur: Friendſhip, that is but euill peeced, will not ioine cloſe, but falleth aſunder againe:
    • 1816 [1777], James Boswell, quoting Samuel Johnson, The life of Samuel Johnson [] [2], volume 3, T. Cadell and W. Davies, page 181:
      We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.
    • 1960, C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves, HarperCollins, published 2010, →ISBN, OCLC 30879763:
      Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
  2. (countable) A friendly relationship, or a relationship as friends.
  3. (uncountable) Good will.

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