- of kin; related by blood (usually used predicatively): cousins who were too closely akin for marriage.
- allied by nature; having the same properties: Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
- having or showing an affinity; kindred: They are emotionally but not intellectually akin.
Origin of akin
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2. cognate; similar, analogous, comparable, parallel.
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Examples from the Web for akin
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But the time had passed when my affections and those of my master were akin.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
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And do you consider truth to be akin to proportion or to disproportion?
Or that his nature, being such as we have delineated, is akin to the highest good?
All of them are akin to speech, and therefore, like speech, admit of true and false.Sophist
And this science is akin to knowledge rather than to action.Statesman
- related by blood; of the same kin
- (often foll by to) having similar characteristics, properties, etc
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Word Origin and History for akin
1550s, from phrase of kin; see kin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper