Definition of kinship in US English:

kinship

noun

  • 1Blood relationship.

    • ‘Nor were they bound together solely by ties of kinship or blood.’
    • ‘Kenyans place a high value on family relationships and the importance of kinship.’
    • ‘Relationships are not given in kinship but rather need to be made and continually remade.’
    • ‘Within classes there are strong kinship bonds, which help maintain the social structure.’
    • ‘It attempted to create kinship without blood in the face of an enduring equivalence between blood and belonging.’
    • ‘Social relations among the Luo are governed by rules of kinship, gender, and age.’
    • ‘Betrayal of the figure who embodies loyalty to community and kinship can be read as a choice to follow a foreign set of values.’
    • ‘Inuit social organization was largely based on bilateral kinship relations.’
    • ‘It is bound together by kinship ties of blood and especially brotherhood.’
    • ‘In the matrifocal household type, kinship rules stress matrilinear descent.’
    • ‘But what do refusals to engage with kinship's allegedly sordid past achieve?’
    • ‘Likewise there is no established framework of social relations, such as kinship, which people can be slotted into.’
    • ‘Flesh and bone, or, as in the later idiom, flesh and blood, thus epitomizes kinship, the tangible bonds between family members.’
    • ‘In conventional wisdom, the family refers to those to whom we are related by blood kinship.’
    • ‘Matrilineal kinship was relatively unknown in the rest of India, though it was not unusual in Kerala itself.’
    • ‘Becoming a friend gave one the rights and obligations associated with kinship.’
    • ‘For ethnic Fijians, interpersonal relationships and social behavior are governed by links of kinship.’
    • ‘It is therefore almost impossible to separate kinship from trading relations and cooperation.’
    • ‘The link between patrilineal kinship and patriarchy requires far more scrutiny than is possible in this paper.’
    • ‘Patterns of traditional kinship still shape the social conventions of family life.’
    relationship, relatedness, being related, family ties, family connections, blood relationship, blood ties, common ancestry, common lineage, kindred, connection
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    1. 1.1 A sharing of characteristics or origins.
      ‘they felt a kinship with architects’
      • ‘Suffice it to say that men are freaks, and I feel a budding kinship with all of the world's borderline lesbians.’
      • ‘The unmanageable profusion of tags for people, places, and kinships, distinguishes scientific expertise from other modes of knowledge and authority.’
      • ‘We share a kinship that I've never had with anyone else, save my parents and Uncle Terry.’
      • ‘Their body language revealed a kinship forged on set in the Philippines.’
      • ‘There's, sort of, six people who know what we do, and I feel a kinship to them, as opposed to a rivalry.’
      • ‘There's an obvious kinship between skateboarding and contact improvisation.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, as other passages from the book make clear, the relationships between artists and their supporters do not imply ideological kinships between them.’
      • ‘We had a kinship because of our Irishness and because he had seen and related to my work.’
      • ‘He does not feel a kinship with the countries of his forebears.’
      • ‘This, ultimately, is a play about existential resemblances and contrasts, kinships and irreconcilables, uncomfortable truths and futile lies that underlie delicate relationships and unbridgeable chasms.’
      • ‘Comparison of DNA in living humans provides clues to ancestral kinships.’
      • ‘We have more and more opportunity to be unlimited in our kinships; to find like minds and make new places.’
      • ‘A minority bands together and feels a kinship, if only for a moment that is as long as a muttered wassup, man?’
      • ‘At the same time, it revealed for me kinships that the vast machinery of global capital and state politics works so hard to keep hidden.’
      • ‘They shared a special kinship as their daughters both suffered from the same disease and were roughly the same age.’
      • ‘I developed a kinship with sickly romantic poets who couldn't play games.’
      • ‘For Benjamin, translation functions not simply to transcribe accurately the content of the original language into another but also, and more importantly, to seek kinships between both languages.’
      • ‘Though different, we share similarities, kinships, commitments, and suffering, and this common ground is as significant as the privileging of the individual.’
      • ‘I really like it when ladies write me, because I feel a real kinship with women.’
      • ‘That is why we profess a spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art.’
      affinity, sympathy, kindred, rapport, harmony, understanding, alliance, association, empathy, closeness, fellow feeling, bond, community, communion, compatibility, link, accord, friendship, togetherness
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Pronunciation

kinship

/ˈkɪnˌʃɪp//ˈkinˌSHip/