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[kin-ship] /ˈkɪn ʃɪp/
the state or fact of being of kin; family relationship.
relationship by nature, qualities, etc.; affinity.
Origin of kinship
1825-35; kin + -ship
1. See relationship. 1, 2. connection. 2. bearing. Unabridged
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  • The sob with which she ends alarms him by its kinship to a convulsion.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • His only comments on the disclosure of kinship were a "Humph!"

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But tonight he found no comfort in the sight, no sense of kinship with its builders.

    Homo Inferior Mari Wolf
  • I could have kicked Bayliss for his officious explanation of kinship.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The meaning is clear, and the kinship of the Forgetfulness and Tarnhelm themes unmistakable.

British Dictionary definitions for kinship


blood relationship
the state of having common characteristics or a common origin
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Word Origin and History for kinship

by 1764, from kin + -ship. A more pure word than relationship, which covers the same sense but is a hybrid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kinship in Medicine

kinship kin·ship (kĭn'shĭp')
Connection by blood, marriage, or adoption; family relationship.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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kinship in Culture

kinship definition

A relation between two or more persons that is based on common ancestry (descent) or marriage (affinity).

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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