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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Affinity  \Af*fin"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Affinities}.  [OF.  afinit['e], 
  F.  affinit['e],  L.  affinites  fr  affinis.  See  {Affined}.] 
  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. 
 
  Solomon  made  affinity  with  Pharaoh.  --1  Kings  iii. 
  1. 
 
  2.  Kinship  generally;  close  agreement;  relation;  conformity; 
  resemblance;  connection;  as  the  affinity  of  sounds,  of 
  colors,  or  of  languages. 
 
  There  is  a  close  affinity  between  imposture  and 
  credulity.  --Sir  G.  C. 
  Lewis. 
 
  2.  Companionship;  acquaintance.  [Obs.] 
 
  About  forty  years  past,  I  began  a  happy  affinity 
  with  William  Cranmer.  --Burton. 
 
  4.  (Chem.)  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.  (Nat.  Hist.)  A  relation  between  species  or  highe?  groups 
  dependent  on  resemblance  in  the  whole  plan  of  structure, 
  and  indicating  community  of  origin. 
 
  6.  (Spiritualism)  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. 




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