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Definitions of affinity

  1. kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship
  2. inherent resemblance between persons or things
  3. a natural attraction or feeling of kinship; " an affinity for politics"; " the mysterious affinity between them"; " James's affinity with Sam"
  4. the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule; " basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk"
  5. ( immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody
  6. a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character; " found a natural affinity with the immigrants"; " felt a deep kinship with the other students"; " anthropology's kinship with the humanities"
  7. ( biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts; " in anatomical structure prehistoric man shows close affinity with modern humans"
  8. Kinship generally; close agreement; relation; conformity; resemblance; connection; as, the affinity of sounds, of colors, or of languages.
  9. Companionship; acquaintance.
  10. That attraction which takes place, at an insensible distance, between the heterogeneous particles of bodies, and unites them to form chemical compounds; chemism; chemical or elective affinity or attraction.
  11. A superior spiritual relationship or attraction held to exist sometimes between persons, esp. persons of the opposite sex; also, the man or woman who exerts such psychical or spiritual attraction.
  12. Relationship by marriage ( as between a husband and his wife's blood relations, or between a wife and her husband's blood relations); - in contradistinction to consanguinity, or relationship by blood; - followed by with, to, or between.
  13. A relation between species or highe groups dependent on resemblance in the whole plan of structure, and indicating community of origin.
  14. Nearness of kin, agreement, or resemblance: relationship by marriage, opposed to consanguinity or relationship by blood: ( chem.) the peculiar attraction between the atoms of two simple substances that makes them combine to form a compound.
  15. Relation by marriage; chemical attraction.
  16. Natural inclination; chemical attraction.
  17. Relationship by marriage, in contradistinction to consanguinity or relationship by blood; agreement; connection; the tendency which the particles of dissimilar bodies have to combine and form new compounds; resemblance in structure.
  18. Relation; agreement; relationship by marriage; in chem., the combining power of bodies.
  19. Relationship; similarity in all essential organs.
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Usage examples for affinity

  1. So long as the action passing on the boards is in ever so remote a degree in affinity with its supposed natural counterpart, and is suited with dialogue that is fairly appropriate, the use of expletives is not omitted in deference to the susceptibilities of an audience. – A Cursory History of Swearing by Julian Sharman
  2. Men often discover their affinity to each other by the mutual love they have for a book- just as two persons sometimes discover a friend by the admiration which both entertain for a third. – Character by Samuel Smiles
  3. The possibility of love at first sight I understood; but might the spirit also recognise an affinity by telephone? – A Chair on The Boulevard by Leonard Merrick
  4. We may be sure that the affinity which we feel with Michael Angelo, and do not feel with any other artist of that age, springs from experiences and beliefs in him which are similar to our own. – Emerson and Other Essays by John Jay Chapman
  5. Not affinity, not the growing needs of normal life had brought them together; only the magic of doom and the craving to be loved. – The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  6. Robert Fergusson's life and poems interested him greatly, and he often declared himself drawn to him by a certain spiritual affinity; while, when suffering from his frequent attacks of distressing illness, he sometimes thought with dread of Fergusson's sad fate. – Robert Louis Stevenson by Margaret Moyes Black
  7. These writings claim a manifest affinity with the early products of the Gaulish monasteries, and from these they would naturally have been diffused in southern Britain. – Anglo-Saxon Literature by John Earle
  8. Was it a case of affinity after all? – What Dreams May Come by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  9. Their romantic passion was based on a spiritual affinity. – Stories of Authors, British and American by Edwin Watts Chubb
  10. Meanwhile, his heart on Carrie's side began to grow warm and alert, as if recognizing an affinity to some object not far off. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  11. And yet one philosophy would not do for everybody; each philosophy by the laws of affinity attracts a public to whose education and mental capacities it is fitted. – Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  12. In a few months it was announced that he was closely related by affinity to the royal house. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  13. One is taken back into the days when there was a natural affinity between saints and beggars. – Humanly Speaking by Samuel McChord Crothers
  14. Of course, those must be cases of especial affinity. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  15. A perfect affinity toward his work characterized his attitude. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  16. They may remain undeveloped during the early years of life or during successive generations; their development into units or cells, like those from which they were derived, depending on their affinity for, and union with, other units or cells previously developed in the due order of growth. – The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition) by Charles Darwin
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