April 28, 2016
- affinity (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : relationship by marriage2 a : a feeling of closeness or sympathy because of shared interests b : attraction; especially : an attractive force between substances or particles that causes them to enter into and remain in chemical combination
- How do you use it?
- "There was nothing new to Lily in these tokens of a studied luxury; but, though they formed a part of her atmosphere, she never lost her sensitiveness to their charm. Mere display left her with a sense of superior distinction; but she felt an affinity to all the subtler manifestations of wealth." (Edith Wharton, _The House of Mirth_)
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think the root of "affinity" means?"Affinity" comes from the Latin word "affinis," which means "related by marriage" and was formed by combining the prefix "ad-" with "finis," meaning "end" or "border." Later, the definition of "affinity" was broadened to include a bond formed by unrelated people who share a common interest. Among the words related to "affinity" are "confine," meaning "to keep within limits," and "define," meaning "to fix or mark the limits of." Two more relatives of "affinity" are "final" and "finish."