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cousinship (plural cousinships)
- the state of being cousins, the relationship of cousins
1847, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre:
- "How long did you reside with him and his sisters after the cousinship was discovered?"
1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles:
- His creed of determinism was such that it almost amounted to a vice, and quite amounted, on its negative side, to a renunciative philosophy which had cousinship with that of Schopenhauer and Leopardi.
1921, George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah:
- What he repudiated was cousinship with the ape, and the implied suspicion of a rudimentary tail, because it was offensive to his sense of his own dignity, and because he thought that apes were ridiculous, and tails diabolical when associated with the erect posture.
2009 October 11, Nicholas Wade, “Evolution All Around”, in New York Times:
- He describes a beautiful thought experiment to demonstrate a rabbit’s cousinship to a leopard.