noun, plural af·fin·i·ties.
Origin of affinity
Examples from the Web for affinity
He can use that affinity to build confidence for a Jacksonian approach to world chaos.
That affinity has to come from somewhere besides just the entertainment value.
How did it come to be then that she would feel an affinity for Aurora and start to care for her?The ‘Maleficent’ Screenwriter Also Wrote ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’|Kevin Fallon|June 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Where does your affinity for long, tracking shots come from?Alfonso Cuarón On ‘Gravity,’ Creationists, and Bonding with Sandra Bullock Over Divorce|Marlow Stern|February 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His most famous stories are about boxers and horse racing, but he had an affinity for football, too.The Night Vince Lombardi Lay Awake Brooding Over a 49-0 Win|W.C. Heinz|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then there's an affinity between us which God certainly manages.The Landleaguers|Anthony Trollope
Yet this did not arise from any affinity between Blake and the then famous author of The Grave.William Blake|Charles Gardner
More than this—they may be more than neutralized by undeniable marks of affinity.The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies|Robert Gordon Latham
It is found that the influence of different acids on this action is proportional to their specific coefficients of affinity.
The carpets and wall paper had no affinity with each other, and both would have horrified an artist in home decoration.Eyebright|Susan Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for affinity
noun plural -ties
- the tendency for two substances to combine; chemical attraction
- a measure of the tendency of a chemical reaction to take place expressed in terms of the free energy changeSymbol: A
Word Origin for affinity
Word Origin and History for affinity
c.1300, "relation by marriage" (as opposed to consanguinity), from Old French afinité (12c.), from Latin affinitatem (nominative affinitas) "neighborhood, relationship by marriage," noun of state from affinis "adjacent," also "kin by marriage," literally "bordering on," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + finis "a border, an end" (see finish). Used figuratively since c.1600 of structural relationships in chemistry, philology, etc. Meaning "natural attraction" (as though by family) is from 1610s.