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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Definitions for consanguinity

  1. close relationship or connection.
  2. relationship by descent from a common ancestor; kinship (distinguished from affinity).

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Citations for consanguinity
But though these two were in Consanguinity so nearly related, they were in their Dispositions almost the opposites to each other. Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, 1749
Simply there was Rip, perfectly amiable, soft hat, some sort of Government credentials; there was also a lanky whey-faced youth of 16, presence unexplained save by consanguinity. Ezra Pound, Indiscretions, or Une Revue de Deux Mondes, 1923
Origin of consanguinity
Consanguinity came to English in the 1300s. It is derived from Latin word sanguis meaning "blood."