Definition of kinship in US English:

kinship

noun

  • 1Blood relationship.

    • ‘For ethnic Fijians, interpersonal relationships and social behavior are governed by links of kinship.’
    • ‘It is bound together by kinship ties of blood and especially brotherhood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Likewise there is no established framework of social relations, such as kinship, which people can be slotted into.’
    • ‘But what do refusals to engage with kinship's allegedly sordid past achieve?’
    • ‘Flesh and bone, or, as in the later idiom, flesh and blood, thus epitomizes kinship, the tangible bonds between family members.’
    • ‘Social relations among the Luo are governed by rules of kinship, gender, and age.’
    • ‘Inuit social organization was largely based on bilateral kinship relations.’
    • ‘It is therefore almost impossible to separate kinship from trading relations and cooperation.’
    • ‘In the matrifocal household type, kinship rules stress matrilinear descent.’
    • ‘Nor were they bound together solely by ties of kinship or blood.’
    • ‘Within classes there are strong kinship bonds, which help maintain the social structure.’
    • ‘Betrayal of the figure who embodies loyalty to community and kinship can be read as a choice to follow a foreign set of values.’
    • ‘Becoming a friend gave one the rights and obligations associated with kinship.’
    • ‘Kenyans place a high value on family relationships and the importance of kinship.’
    • ‘It attempted to create kinship without blood in the face of an enduring equivalence between blood and belonging.’
    • ‘Relationships are not given in kinship but rather need to be made and continually remade.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's, sort of, six people who know what we do, and I feel a kinship to them, as opposed to a rivalry.’
      • ‘Suffice it to say that men are freaks, and I feel a budding kinship with all of the world's borderline lesbians.’
      • ‘We had a kinship because of our Irishness and because he had seen and related to my work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their body language revealed a kinship forged on set in the Philippines.’
      • ‘A minority bands together and feels a kinship, if only for a moment that is as long as a muttered wassup, man?’
      • ‘We have more and more opportunity to be unlimited in our kinships; to find like minds and make new places.’
      • ‘I developed a kinship with sickly romantic poets who couldn't play games.’
      • ‘He does not feel a kinship with the countries of his forebears.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They shared a special kinship as their daughters both suffered from the same disease and were roughly the same age.’
      • ‘There's an obvious kinship between skateboarding and contact improvisation.’
      • ‘The unmanageable profusion of tags for people, places, and kinships, distinguishes scientific expertise from other modes of knowledge and authority.’
      • ‘Comparison of DNA in living humans provides clues to ancestral kinships.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We share a kinship that I've never had with anyone else, save my parents and Uncle Terry.’
      • ‘Though different, we share similarities, kinships, commitments, and suffering, and this common ground is as significant as the privileging of the individual.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, as other passages from the book make clear, the relationships between artists and their supporters do not imply ideological kinships between them.’
      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

/ˈkinˌSHip//ˈkɪnˌʃɪp/