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kinsman

[kinz-muh n] /ˈkɪnz mən/
noun, plural kinsmen.
1.
a blood relative, especially a male.
2.
a relative by marriage.
3.
a person of the same nationality or ethnic group.
Origin of kinsman
late Old English
1100-1150
1100-50; late Old English cinnes man. See kin, 's1, man1
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Examples from the Web for kinsman
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  • It must have been after Ht overcame Ttr that he started his kinsman Parbat to me with tribute and an accoutred horse.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The barghest has a kinsman in the Rongeur d'Os of Norman folklore.

  • He would always be staying with Thorstein Kuggison, his kinsman, when he was out here (in Iceland).

    Laxdla Saga Anonymous
  • He was Kociuszko's kinsman and had been his father's friend.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
  • He fled from the infected air of his kinsman's chamber, and summoned what physicians were available to pronounce and prescribe.

  • The Hurons regarded the rattlesnake as a kinsman of their ancestor.

  • In a former existence the one must have been my enemy, the other my kinsman.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • This I say in all sincerity, and with a single purpose, as any kinsman might do.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • When their swords crossed he had hated him like death; now he seemed to be striving with a kinsman.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • Said Christopher: "Never a kinsman of blood have I, though many well-wishers."

    Child Christopher William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for kinsman

kinsman

/ˈkɪnzmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a blood relation or a relation by marriage
2.
a member of the same race, tribe, or ethnic stock
Derived Forms
kinswoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for kinsman
n.

c.1200, kenesmen, from late Old English cynnes mannum; see kin + man. Kinswoman is recorded from c.1400.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kinsman in the Bible

Heb. goel, from root meaning to redeem. The goel among the Hebrews was the nearest male blood relation alive. Certain important obligations devolved upon him toward his next of kin. (1.) If any one from poverty was unable to redeem his inheritance, it was the duty of the kinsman to redeem it (Lev. 25:25,28; Ruth 3:9, 12). He was also required to redeem his relation who had sold himself into slavery (Lev. 25:48, 49). God is the Goel of his people because he redeems them (Ex. 6:6; Isa. 43:1; 41:14; 44:6, 22; 48:20; Ps. 103:4; Job 19:25, etc.). (2.) The goel also was the avenger (q.v.) of blood (Num. 35:21) in the case of the murder of the next of kin.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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