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; relationship by marriage; a natural liking for a person; one who arouses such liking; physical or chemical attraction.
  15. Attraction; in chemistry the force which impels certain atoms to unite with certain others to form compounds.
  16. Relationship; tendency toward attraction.
  17. 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.
  18. Relation by marriage; chemical attraction.
  19. Natural inclination; chemical attraction.
  20. 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.
  21. Relation; agreement; relationship by marriage; in chem., the combining power of bodies.
  22. Relationship; similarity in all essential organs.

Quotes of affinity

  1. Maybe it's legitimate criticism, though it can be hurtful. Maybe I haven't paid sufficient attention to the people with whom I would have a natural affinity as a liberal, and they feel let down by that. – Paddy Ashdown
  2. The writer I feel the most affinity with- you said you felt my books are 19th century novels, I think they're 18th century novels- is Fielding, Henry Fielding, he's the guy who does it for me. – Jonathan Coe
  3. And I definitely have an affinity with the piano. – Jim Coleman
  4. My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it. – David Crosby
  5. Faith always contains an element of risk, of venture; and we are impelled to make the venture by the affinity and attraction which we feel in ourselves. – William Ralph Inge
  6. There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise. – William James
  7. There are plenty of opportunities for common grounds that we need to explore and strengthen. The Hispanic community has a strong affinity for our relationship with Israel. – Robert Menendez
  8. Truth never yet fell dead in the streets; it has such affinity with the soul of man, the seed however broadcast will catch somewhere and produce its hundredfold. – Theodore Parker
  9. I have this personal affinity for the desert. I am fascinated by the desert. I love it. – Erika Slezak
  10. I generally find an affinity with a lot of the people I play and I suppose if I didn't feel an affinity for them then they wouldn't be particularly good performances. – Hugo Weaving

Usage examples for affinity

  1. 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
  2. Jatupon was inside the bus and the boy outside of it, but they both saw an affinity in each other. – Corpus of a Siam Mosquito by Steven Sills
  3. 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
  4. In many cases this direct affinity with one's surroundings will come gradually and not always easily. – A Living from the Land by William B. Duryee
  5. A perfect affinity toward his work characterized his attitude. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  6. 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
  7. Was it a case of affinity after all? – What Dreams May Come by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  15. Their romantic passion was based on a spiritual affinity – Stories of Authors, British and American by Edwin Watts Chubb
  16. 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
  17. Of course, those must be cases of especial affinity – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  18. 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

Idioms for