Hypertext Webster Gateway: "akin"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Akin \A*kin"\, a. [Pref. a- (for of) + kin.]
1. Of the same kin; related by blood; -- used of persons; as,
the two families are near akin.

2. Allied by nature; partaking of the same properties; of the
same kind. ``A joy akin to rapture.'' --Cowper.

The literary character of the work is akin to its
moral character. --Jeffrey.

Note: This adjective is used only after the noun.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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},
2: related by blood [syn: {akin(p)}, {blood-related}, {cognate},
{consanguine}, {consanguineous}, {kin(p)}]

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