One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she has a natural affinity with animals and birds’
empathy, rapport, sympathy, accord, harmony, like-mindedness
closeness to, fellow feeling for, understanding of
liking for, fondness for, inclination towards, partiality for, penchant for, predilection towards, attraction towards
2‘there is a semantic affinity between the two words’
similarity, resemblance, likeness, kinship
correspondence, relationship, association, link, analogy, similitude, agreement, compatibility, congruity, parallelism, consonance
identity, identicalness, uniformity, equivalence
3‘despite their different backgrounds, an affinity grew and developed’
relationship, bond, connection, propinquity
antipathy, blood relationship
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