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familiarity breeds contempt

Repeated exposure to someone or something often creates a contentious relationship. A: "Those two teams have built up quite a rivalry over the years." B: "They play in the same division, and familiarity breeds contempt." I've been stuck with Larry in the office all week, and I'm afraid they're right that familiary breeds contempt.
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Familiarity breeds contempt.

Prov. People do not respect someone they know well enough to know his or her faults. The movie star doesn't let anyone get to know him, because he knows that familiarity breeds contempt.
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familiarity breeds contempt

Long experience of someone or something can make one so aware of the faults as to be scornful. For example, Ten years at the same job and now he hates it-familiarity breeds contempt. The idea is much older, but the first recorded use of this expression was in Chaucer's Tale of Melibee (c. 1386).
See also: breed, contempt

familiarity breeds contempt

If you say that familiarity breeds contempt, you mean that if you know someone or something very well, you can easily become bored with them and stop treating them with respect. Of course, it's often true that familiarity breeds contempt, that we're attracted to those who seem so different from those we know at home. It is second-year drivers — when familiarity breeds contempt for road rules — that are the problem. Note: Other nouns are sometimes used instead of contempt. Familiarity breeds inattention. Typically, family members are so convinced they know what another family member is going to say that they don't bother to listen.
See also: breed, contempt

familiarity breeds conˈtempt

(saying) you have little respect, liking, etc. for somebody/something that you know too well: George’s father is regarded by everyone as a great artist, but George doesn’t think he is. Familiarity breeds contempt!
See also: breed, contempt
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The purpose of this study was first to determine the United States adult population's level of term familiarity about genetics specifically related to plants and livestock, genetically modified organisms, genetic engineering, and the context of food.
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We used the elaboration likelihood model (ELM) to explain the effects of brand familiarity and brand relevance (White & Harkins, 1994).
Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that the proportion of businesses that are willing to grow would be higher for the group that is familiar with the key economic organizations than for the group that is not familiar with them, under the assumption that familiarity with the economic development actors facilitates access to the key external resources for growth.
2014), the experimental results related to familiarity are not as conclusive and differ depending on the experimental paradigm used.
Cruz now has the third-highest net favorable rating of any candidate, and his familiarity, at 69%, is above average.
The main aim of this research is to investigate how the brand image, measured by the dimensions proposed by Michel and Rieunier (2012) (usefulness, efficiency, affect and dynamism) and the familiarity that individuals associate with a certain NGO influences both fund raising and the recruitment of volunteers.
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Respondents answered an online survey before and after the experience in order to measure the impact of the content on their familiarity perceptions and purchase consideration of the products.
Data gathering method: after specifying the students, the lesson of web has been given and completed for the students' familiarity along with the necessary arrangements of Tabriz five districts.
The familiarity and visual complexity conditions required participants to rate how usual/unusual the stimulus was based upon their own experiences and the amount of detail or intricacy each object possessed respectively.
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Familiarity with a particular face determines a person's ability to identify it across different photographs and as a result a set of faces that are known only to a single individual can be used to create a personalized 'lock'.
One of the possible reasons for the discrepancy may lie in the possible, and theoretically unexpected, involvement of familiarity in associative judgments through the use of strategies leading to unitization of the presented stimuli (Quamme, Yonelinas, & Norman, 2007).