Synonyms of relationship
1 associationDictionary • Money problems place great stress on close family relationships.
association • The association between the two companies stretches back 30 years.
bond • the bond that linked them
connection • There is no evidence of any connection between BSE and the brain diseases recently confirmed in cats.
conjunction • This is due to a conjunction of religious and social factors.
affinity • The two plots share certain obvious affinities.
rapport • He said he wanted to establish a rapport with them.
kinship • She evidently felt a sense of kinship with the woman.
2 affairDictionary • She likes to have a relationship with her leading men.
affair • A married male supervisor was carrying on an affair with a colleague.
romance • a holiday romance
fling • She had a fling with him 30 years ago.
liaison • She embarked on a series of sexual liaisons with society figures.
amour • This meaningful amour had gone horribly wrong.
intrigue • She detected her husband in an intrigue with a prostitute.
3 connectionDictionary • the relationship between culture and power
connection • Check radiators for small leaks, especially round pipework connections.
link • the link between smoking and lung cancer
proportion • the proportion of women in the profession
parallel • Detectives realised there were parallels between the two murders.
ratio • The adult to child ratio is 1 to 6.
tie-up • The deal is expected to result in a tie-up between the two companies.
correlation • There is a correlation between smoking and lung cancer.
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• A married male supervisor was carrying on an affair with a colleague.
affinityIf people or things have an affinity with each other, they are similar in some ways.
• The two plots share certain obvious affinities.
amourAn amour is a love affair, especially one which is kept secret.
• This meaningful amour had gone horribly wrong.
Thesaurus for relationship from the Collins English Thesaurus
the state of being connected or related