1) N-UNCOUNT Kinship is the relationship between members of the same family.

The ties of kinship may have helped the young man find his way in life.

...her kinship to the English King.

2) N-UNCOUNT If you feel kinship with someone, you feel close to them, because you have a similar background or similar feelings or ideas.

She evidently felt a sense of kinship with the woman.

...the warmth and kinship one farmer feels for another.


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