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affinity

af·fin·i·ty

affinity

 
 
pronunciation:
fI nih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: affinities
definition 1: a strong sense of liking; a natural attraction or sympathy.
The two women felt an immediate affinity for each other.
synonyms:
liking, penchant
antonyms:
antipathy, aversion, dislike
similar words:
affection, attraction, bent, fondness, inclination, magnetism, predilection, proclivity, propensity, rapport, sympathy
definition 2: a close resemblance; likeness in certain characteristics.
There is a strong affinity between Swedish and Norwegian.
synonyms:
likeness, resemblance, similarity
antonyms:
dissimilarity, dissimilitude
similar words:
analogy, conformity, correlation, correspondence, parallelism, similitude
definition 3: a relationship by marriage.
similar words:
kinship, relationship
definition 4: a similarity between biological species that suggests a common origin.
synonyms:
homology
similar words:
closeness, similarity
definition 5: a chemical attraction or force that causes certain elements to combine with certain others.
similar words:
attraction
Word Parts
The word affinity contains the following part:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.