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Mr. Davis, may I ask the favor of a few minutes' conversation with you in private?

"Not at all," persisted he, accepting as conversation what she meant as a stab.

How I closed the argument—the conversation and the interview—and escaped from her, I know not.

I continued the conversation for an hour, and with the same result.

I have desired him to inquire after Lovelace's life and conversation in town.

To be so particular as you require in subjects of conversation, it is impossible to be short.

The mountain in the sunset had stopped the five couriers in a conversation.

In conversation with him my mistress broached the subject as to my whereabouts.

Apparently they had come thither for purposes of conversation.

All day he had noticed how inevitably the conversation turned to the young surgeon.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "living together, having dealings with others," also "manner of conducting oneself in the world;" from Old French conversation, from Latin conversationem (nominative conversatio) "act of living with," noun of action from past participle stem of conversari "to live with, keep company with," literally "turn about with," from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + vertare, frequentative of vertere (see versus).

Specific sense of "talk" is 1570s. Used as a synonym for "sexual intercourse" from at least 1511, hence criminal conversation, legal term for adultery from late 18c. Related: Conversationalist; conversationist.

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