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Definition of Affinity

Affinity

  1. 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.
  2. Kinship generally; close agreement; relation; conformity; resemblance; connection; as, the affinity of sounds, of colors, or of languages.
  3. Companionship; acquaintance.
  4. 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.
  5. A relation between species or higher groups dependent on resemblance in the whole plan of structure, and indicating community of origin.
  6. 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.

Affinity Quotations

There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.
William James

Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world... Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I don't know why women feel an affinity with me.
Jennifer Aniston

I've always had an affinity for growing things.
Maynard James Keenan

I've been accused of being old before my time more than once. It's true that I've always felt an affinity for, and been comfortable around, older people. I attribute this to a childhood spent around my grandparents - and even a great-grandparent or two. I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything.
Jon Meacham
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Affinity Translations

affinity in Dutch is affiniteit, verwantschap
affinity in German is Verwandtschaft, Verwandschaft
affinity in Portuguese is afinidade
affinity in Spanish is afinidad

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