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akin adj
1 similar or related in quality or character; "a feeling akin to terror"; "kindred souls"; "the amateur is closely related to the collector" [syn: akin(p), kindred, related]

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Prefix a- (for of) + kin.



  1. In the context of "of persons": Of the same kin; related by blood.
    • 1722, Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, ch. 23,
      We are too near akin to lie together, though we may lodge near one another.
    • 1897, Joseph Conrad, The Nigger of the ’Narcissus’, ch. 2,
      The faces changed, passing in rotation. Youthful faces, bearded faces, dark faces: faces serene, or faces moody, but all akin with the brotherhood of the sea.
  2. Allied by nature; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind.
    • 1677, Theophilus Gale, The Court of the Gentiles, T. Cockeril, part 4, bk. 1, ch. 2, p. 27,
      Is not then Fruition near akin to Love?
    • 1710, anon., "To the Spectator, &c.," The Spectator, vol. 1, no. 8 (March 9), p. 39,
      She told me that she hoped my Face was not akin to my Tongue.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, ch. 44,
      Such sensations, however, were too near akin to resentment to be long guiding Fanny's soliloquies.
    • 1837, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, ch. 39,
      Mr. Winkle . . . took his hand with a feeling of regard, akin to veneration.
    • 1910, Zane Grey, "Old Well-Well," Success (July),
      Something akin to a smile shone on his face.

Usage notes

This adjective is always placed after the noun that it modifies.


of the same kin; related by blood
of the same kind



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Extensive Definition

Akin is a surname, and may refer to:

See also

surname nocat
akin in German: Akın
akin in Spanish: Akin
akin in Turkish: Akin

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