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cousin +‎ -ship


cousinship (countable and uncountable, plural cousinships)

  1. The state of being cousins, or the relationship that exists among cousins.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre[1]:
      “How long did you reside with him and his sisters after the cousinship was discovered?”
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles[2]:
      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[3]:
      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 The New York Times[4]:
      He describes a beautiful thought experiment to demonstrate a rabbit’s cousinship to a leopard.
    Synonym: cousinhood
    Hypernym: kinship