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It would have interfered with her relations with Austin, which were beginning to be exciting.

Yet is incensed against her for preferring her own relations to him.

Besides, he did not care to establish any relations with the people in the house.

He also put his own son Crispus to death, and other relations as well.

Byron was a symbolic figure, but his relations were to the passion of his age and its weariness of passion.

By golly, he's callin' all his wife's relations t' come an' help 'em out.

A certain ease had crept into their relations: a guard had been lowered.

He had no other relations, and his fortune was completely at his own disposal.

Murderers had friends, relations, helpers—they had knowledge.

He had some relations who were farmers, whom he often visited; to them he was probably gone.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "connection, correspondence;" also "act of telling," from Anglo-French relacioun, Old French relacion "report, connection" (14c.), from Latin relationem (nominative relatio) "a bringing back, restoring; a report, proposition," from relatus (see relate). Meaning "person related by blood or marriage" first attested c.1500. Stand-alone phrase no relation "not in the same family" is attested by 1930.

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