noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English affinite, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French affinité, from Latin affinitas, from affinis bordering on, related by marriage, from ad- + finis end, border Date: 14th century 1. relationship by marriage 2. a. sympathy marked by community of interest ; kinship b. (1) an attraction to or liking for something <
people with an affinity to darkness — Mark Twain
pork and fennel have a natural affinity for each other — Abby Mandel
(2) an attractive force between substances or particles that causes them to enter into and remain in chemical combination c. a person especially of the opposite sex having a particular attraction for one 3. a. likeness based on relationship or causal connection <
found an affinity between the teller of a tale and the craftsman — Mary McCarthy
this investigation, with affinities to a case history, a psychoanalysis, a detective story — Oliver Sacks
b. a relation between biological groups involving resemblance in structural plan and indicating a common origin Synonyms: see attraction

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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