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From Middle English consanguinytee, consanguinite, consanguinyte, from Old French consanguinité and Latin cōnsanguinitātem, accusative of Latin cōnsanguinitās, from cōnsanguineus, from Latin com- (together) + sanguineus (of or pertaining to blood), from Latin sanguis (blood).



consanguinity (countable and uncountable, plural consanguinities)

  1. A consanguineous or family relationship through parentage or descent. A blood relationship.
    • 1776, United States Declaration of Independence
      They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.
    • 1842, [anonymous collaborator of Letitia Elizabeth Landon], chapter LIII, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 57:
      At Isabella's earnest request, he took both her and the child on board, for the single hour which remained to the voyagers, to the satisfaction of all parties, and it seemed as if the long-drooping flower had already revived beneath the genial smile of consanguinity, and the very tears she had shed were sweet and grateful, refreshing the bosom moved so tenderly.


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