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  1. of kin; related by blood (usually used predicatively): cousins who were too closely akin for marriage.
  2. allied by nature; having the same properties: Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
  3. having or showing an affinity; kindred: They are emotionally but not intellectually akin.
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Origin of akin

First recorded in 1580–90; see origin at a-2, kin

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Related Words for akin

comparable, similar, analogous, affiliated, agnate, alike, allied, consonant, corresponding, incident, kindred, like, parallel, connate

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Contemporary Examples of akin

Historical Examples of akin

  • But the time had passed when my affections and those of my master were akin.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete

    Madame La Marquise De Montespan

  • 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.



  • And this science is akin to knowledge rather than to action.

British Dictionary definitions for akin


adjective (postpositive)
  1. related by blood; of the same kin
  2. (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.

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