affinity

  • 1Affinity — Affinity, in etymology affinity is the opposite of infinity . These two words have the same root coming from the Latin: finis = end . “Affinity” meaning is near to the “finis” e.g. close to the “zero point” in a before assumed space. On the other …

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  • 2affinity — af·fin·i·ty /ə fi nə tē/ n pl ties: relationship by marriage compare consanguinity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3Affinity — Af*fin i*ty, n.; pl. {Affinities}. [OF. afinit[ e], F. affinit[ e], L. affinites, fr. affinis. See {Affined}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Relationship by marriage (as between a husband and his wife s blood relations, or between a wife and her husband s… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4affinity — When affinity implies a mutual relationship or attraction, it is normally followed by between or with (The affinity between Britain and most of her former colonies • Beckett…stresses that he wrote the little book on order, not out of any deep… …

    Modern English usage

  • 5affinity — [n1] liking or inclination toward something affection, attraction, closeness, compatibility, cotton*, cup of tea*, druthers*, fondness, good vibrations*, leaning, partiality, rapport, same wavelength, simpatico, sympathy, thing*, weakness*;… …

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  • 6affinity — (n.) c.1300, relation by marriage (as opposed to consanguinity), from O.Fr. afinité (12c.), from L. affinitatem (nom. affinitas) neighborhood, relationship by marriage, noun of state from affinis adjacent, also kin by marriage, lit. bordering on …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7affinity — 1 *attraction, sympathy Contrasted words: repugnance, repellency or repulsion, abhorrence (see corresponding adjectives at REPUGNANT): *antipathy, aversion 2 resemblance, *likeness, similarity, similitude, analogy Analogous words: agreement …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8affinity — ► NOUN (pl. affinities) 1) a natural liking or sympathy for someone or something. 2) a close relationship based on a common origin or structure. 3) relationship by marriage. 4) the tendency of a substance to combine with another. ORIGIN Latin… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9affinity — [ə fin′i tē, afin′i tē] n. pl. affinities [ME affinite < OFr afinite < L affinitas < affinis, adjacent, related by marriage < ad , to + finis, a border] 1. relationship by marriage: distinguished from CONSANGUINITY 2. close… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10affinity — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ close, great, real, special, strong ▪ I felt a great affinity with the people of the islands. ▪ natural ▪ …

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  • 11Affinity —    In fifteenth century England, an affinity was a web of political and social connections constructed by a nobleman, either on the basis of royal favor and personal political standing or on the basis of family and territorial influence. A noble… …

    Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Roses

  • 12affinity — n. 1) to demonstrate, show (an) affinity 2) to feel; have (an) affinity 3) (a) close; elective; natural; strong affinity 4) affinity between; for; to; with (he always felt a close affinity with the underdog) * * * [ə fɪnɪtɪ] elective for have… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13affinity — This word, from a Latin term meaning connection by marriage, refers to a natural liking for, or attraction to, another person. An affinity is a bond or tie of sympathy, feeling, or kinship and refers only to relations between people, not to… …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 14affinity — /afinatiy/ A close agreement; relation; spiritual relation or attraction held to exist between certain persons. State ex inf. Norman v. Ellis, 325 Mo. 154, 28 S.W.2d 363, 367. Relation which one spouse because of marriage has to blood relatives… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 15affinity — /afinatiy/ A close agreement; relation; spiritual relation or attraction held to exist between certain persons. State ex inf. Norman v. Ellis, 325 Mo. 154, 28 S.W.2d 363, 367. Relation which one spouse because of marriage has to blood relatives… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 16affinity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. liking, attraction; relation, similarity.Ant., aversion, disparity. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Natural liking or attraction] Syn. fondness, liking, sympathy, proclivity; see affection 1 , agreement 2 ,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17affinity — af|fin|i|ty [əˈfınıti] n plural affinities [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: afinité, from Latin affinitas, from affinis sharing a border, related by marriage , from ad to + finis end, border ] 1.) [singular] a strong feeling that you like… …

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  • 18affinity — [[t]əfɪ̱nɪti[/t]] affinities 1) N SING: also no det, with supp If you have an affinity with someone or something, you feel that you are similar to them or that you know and understand them very well. He has a close affinity with the landscape he… …

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  • 19affinity — UK [əˈfɪnətɪ] / US noun Word forms affinity : singular affinity plural affinities 1) a) [singular] a natural understanding and sympathy between people There s an affinity between the twins that s very rare. b) a natural understanding of something …

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  • 20affinity — 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… …

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