ETYM Old Fren. afinité, French affinité, Latin affinites, from affinis. Related to Affined.
Close relationship; attraction; resemblance; Law, relationship by marriage; Chemistry, force causing elements to combine.
1. A natural attraction or feeling of kinship:.
2. Inherent resemblance between persons or things.
3. A close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character; SYN. kinship.
4. The force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule; SYN. chemical attraction.
5. (Immunology) The attraction between an antigen and an antibody.
6. (Biology) State of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts: SYN. phylogenetic relation.
A temperamental disposition to be agreeable
ETYM Cf. French appétence. Related to Appetency.
A longing; a desire; especially an ardent desire; appetite; appetency.
Strong craving or powerful desire.
1. A relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; SYN. set.
2. A special way of doing something; SYN. knack, hang.
3. Grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens; SYN. bent grass, bentgrass.
ETYM Old Eng. contenance, countenaunce, demeanor, composure, French contenance demeanor, from Latin continentia continence, Late Lat. also, demeanor, from Latin continere to hold together, repress, contain. Related to Contain, Continence.
1. The appearance conveyed by a person's face; SYN. visage.
2. The human face ('kisser' and 'smiler' and 'mug' are informal terms for 'face'); SYN. physiognomy, visage, kisser, smiler, mug.
ETYM French disposition, dispositio, from disponere to dispose; dis- + ponere to place. Related to Position, Dispone.
1. A natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing.
2. One's usual mood; SYN. temperament.
ETYM Contr. from fantasy, Old Fren. fantasie, fantaisie, French fantaisie, Latin phantasia, from Greek to make visible, to place before one's mind, from phainein to show.
Fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination.
1. The friendly hope that something will succeed; SYN. goodwill.
2. (Accounting) An intangible asset valued according to the advantage or reputation a business has acquired (over and above its tangible assets); SYN. good-will, good will.
1. Liking, preference
2. Something that one likes
3. One of many that are similar to each
ETYM Obs. or Prov. Eng.
A feeling of pleasure and enjoyment.
ETYM French révérence, Latin reverentia. Related to Reverent.
1. A profound fear inspired by a deity; SYN. awe, veneration.
2. A reverent mental attitude.
ETYM Old Eng. sentement, Old Fren. sentement, French sentiment, from Latin sentire to perceive by the senses and mind, to feel, to think. Related to Sentient.
Tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion.
ETYM French sympathie, Latin sympathia, Greek; syn with + pathein to suffer. Related to Syn-, and Pathos.
1. A relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.
2. An inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion; SYN. understanding.
3. Sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish); SYN. fellow feeling.
ETYM Latin tendents, -entis, p. pr. of tendere: cf. French tendance. Related to Tend to move.
1. A characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect; SYN. inclination.
2. A general direction in which something tends to move; SYN. trend.