Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of the same kin; related by blood.
  • adj. Having a similar quality or character; analogous.
  • adj. Linguistics Sharing a common origin or an ancestral form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the same kin; related by blood.
  • adj. Allied by nature; similar; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the same kin; related by blood; -- used of persons.
  • adj. Allied by nature; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of kin.
  • Allied by nature; partaking of the same properties: as, envy and jealousy are near akin; “pity's akin to love,”
  • Synonyms Kin, kindred, cognate,analogous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. similar in quality or character
  • adj. related by blood

Etymologies

Prefix a- ("for, of") + kin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I froze, with an expression akin to Bambi caught in headlights.

    And One Last Thing…

  • Beside him, Jaina was looking at him with an expression akin to awe.

    The Shattering

  • When I complimented him on the meal in general and on the tasty gravy that had been ladled across our rotelli Bolognese in particular, his face took on an expression akin to the one you see on the faces of new parents when they begin to speak of their child.

    The Italian Summer

  • Mark mentions the sisters without naming them, but early Christian tradition says there were two—a Mary and a Salome Mark 6:3.1 Matthew, who followed Mark as his source, includes the same list, though he spells “Joses,” a nickname akin to the English “Josy,” in its full form “Joseph.”

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • The president, with an expression akin to that of a grossed-out kid, said Michelle Obama gave trick-or-treaters bags of fresh fruit and raisins.

    The Seattle Times

  • Maybe Bill just doesn't understand the meaning of the word 'akin?

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Obama said the rules would ultimately save 1.8 billion barrels of oil, which he called akin to taking 58 million cars off the road for a year.

    Home/News

  • The demure popstar, whose single featuring rapper Snoop Dogg currently sits atop of the singles chart, went on to claim that Brand had finally given up on his ways which she described as akin to a "professional prostitute."

    TheSpoof.com : Spoof News : Front Page

  • Nothing of substance or intelligence is ever really expected from a summer movie, much less when that movie bears a title akin to a bad porno flick.

    Filmcritic.com Movie Reviews

  • KUALA LUMPUR: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor broke protocol to steady 84-year-old Malaysian Indian Sundraledchimy Maheswaran as she walked back to her seat after being conferred a title akin to Ladyship.

    The Times of India

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