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[uh-kin] /əˈkɪn/
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
First recorded in 1580-90; See origin at a-2, kin
2. cognate; similar, analogous, comparable, parallel. Unabridged
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  • Pleasure is of the first, wisdom or knowledge of the third class, while reason or mind is akin to the fourth or highest.

    Philebus Plato
  • In Scripture we meet with manifestations of prophecy which are akin to madness.

  • We see something in it akin to the trick of the rhetorician, who seeks to hide poverty of thought under glittering phrases.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • His own grew big with wonder, with something which was not alarm, but akin to it.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • The impulses are akin, and the crime of suicide lies rather in its disregard for the feelings of those whom we leave behind.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for akin


adjective (postpositive)
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
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