consanguinity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n consanguinity (anthropology) related by blood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Consanguinity The relation of persons by blood, in distinction from affinity or relation by marriage; blood relationship; as, lineal consanguinity; collateral consanguinity . "Invoking aid by the ties of consanguinity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n consanguinity Relationship by blood; the relationship or connection of persons descended from the same stock or common ancestor, in distinction from affinity, or relationship by marriage.
    • n consanguinity In petrography, the genetic relationship existing between those igneous rocks of one locality which have been derived from a common parent magma by processes of differentiation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Consanguinity relationship by blood: opposed to affinity or relationship by marriage
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. consanguinitas,: cf. F. consanguintité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. consanguineuscon, with, sanguis, blood.

Usage

In literature:

It is particularly in places where consanguineous marriages are prevalent that supernumerary digits persist in a family.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The increasing remoteness of consanguinity is every day diminishing the force of the family compact between France and Spain.
"The Federalist Papers" by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Of what avail is consanguinity?
"Catherine de' Medici" by Honore de Balzac
Nothing therefore could be more unfortunate than that she should a second time appear unmindful of the ties of consanguinity.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
He feels a strict consanguinity, and detects more likeness than variety in all her changes.
"Essays, First Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are whole families who are born classical, and are entered in the heralds' college of reputation by the right of consanguinity.
"Table-Talk" by William Hazlitt
Persons related by blood within certain degrees, which changed over time, of consanguinity were forbidden to marry.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Then he said coolly, 'Mademoiselle, you are the victim of consanguineal sorcery.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
It's a case of too pure a strain and consanguinity.
"Winston of the Prairie" by Harold Bindloss
Thus there were three sovereigns established in Russia, united by the ties of interest and consanguinity.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
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In poetry:

You say I am your brother’s only son.
I know it. And, “What of it?” I reply.
My heart’s resolved. Something must be done.
So shall I curb, so baffle, so suppress
This too avuncular officiousness,
Intolerable consanguinity.
"In Time of Revolt" by Rupert Brooke

In news:

Sanguinary, consanguine and sanguine are all quite different in their similarity, says Michael Tomasky.
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