1. the art of preaching

    Type Of : art, artistry, prowess
  2. the branch of theology that deals with sermons and homilies

    Type Of : divinity, theology


  1. the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule

    Synonyms : chemical attraction
    Type Of : force
    Examples :
    • basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk
  2. a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character

    Synonyms : kinship
    Type Of : relation
    Examples :
    • found a natural affinity with the immigrants
  3. (biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts

    Synonyms : phylogenetic relation
    Type Of : family relationship, kinship, relationship
    Examples :
    • in anatomical structure prehistoric man shows close affinity with modern humans
  4. a natural attraction or feeling of kinship

    Type Of : attraction, attractiveness
    Examples :
    • an affinity for politics
    • the mysterious affinity between them
    • James's affinity with Sam
  5. (anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship

    Antonyms : consanguinity
    Type Of : kinship, relationship, family relationship
  6. (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody

    Type Of : attraction, attractive force
  7. inherent resemblance between persons or things

    Type Of : resemblance


  1. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

    Synonyms : arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing


  1. agreeable, conducive to comfort

    Synonyms : kind
    Examples :
    • the genial sunshine
  2. diffusing warmth and friendliness

    Synonyms : affable, amiable, cordial
    Examples :
    • a genial host
  3. of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw

    Synonyms : mental


  1. characterized by intense emotion

    Synonyms : fervent, fervid, fiery, impassioned, perfervid, torrid
    Examples :
    • ardent love
    • an ardent lover
  2. characterized by strong enthusiasm

    Synonyms : warm
    Examples :
    • ardent revolutionaries
  3. glowing or shining like fire

    Examples :
    • from rank to rank she darts her ardent eyes
    • frightened by his ardent burning eyes


  1. in a heroic manner

    Examples :
    • he become reconciled to not dying heroically in her arms


  1. having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome

    Antonyms : unsuccessful
    Examples :
    • a successful architect
    • a successful business venture


  1. a facial expression of dislike or displeasure

    Synonyms : scowl
    Type Of : facial expression, facial gesture
  2. look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval

    Synonyms : glower, lour, lower
    Type Of : grimace, make a face, pull a face


  1. in opposition to a civil authority or government

    Synonyms : seditious, subversive
  2. a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment

    Synonyms : guerilla, guerrilla, irregular
    Type Of : warrior
  3. a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)

    Synonyms : freedom fighter, insurrectionist, rebel
    Type Of : crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, revolutionary, revolutionist, social reformer, subversive, subverter


  1. having or showing a feeling of mixed reverence and respect and wonder and dread

    Synonyms : awed, awestricken
    Examples :
    • in grim despair and awestruck wonder