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September 11, 2013 - Word of the Day

kin

 

The word "kin" is used when talking about family members.

  • When the police found the body of the man who was missing, they tried to contact the next of kin.
  • Donna has a lot of kin living in Tennessee.
  • Our family always thought of our next door neighbor as kin. He wasn't related to us, but he seemed like he was part of the family.
  • Most of Nataliya's kin live in Ukraine.
  • Many American can still find distant kinfolk who live in Europe.

There are two words that use "kin" to form adjectives: "akin" and "kindred." Both of these words mean that something is related or similar to something else.

  • The actions that he took at the company he worked for were akin to theft.
  • This wine seems closely akin to the wine we were getting in Europe. (The two wines seem similar.)
  • Joe and Helen are kindred spirits. (The have similar ideas, beliefs, attitudes, etc.)

The word "kinship" is used when a relationship is strongly felt:

  • Maria discovered a kinship with the Mexican people when she made her first visit to Mexico to visit her grandmother.
  • The feeling of kinship in the family seemed to fall apart as one by one, they all moved away to separate and distant locations.

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