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

Synonyms for akin

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Examples from the Web for akin

Contemporary Examples of akin

Historical Examples of akin

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

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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.



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

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.

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