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  • adjective obsolete Not knowing anyone; having no acquaintances or family.


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  • Heathcliff, who, kinless and kithless, was in the end compelled to see the property he has so cruelly amassed descend to his hereditary enemies.

    Emily Brontë 1900

  • She's kithless and kinless -- one friend at the most,

    Songs of Labor and Other Poems Morris Rosenfeld 1892

  • Kicks an 'cuffs wuz sandwiched between the poor child's meals, until the old woman died an' left him, kithless an 'kinless in the land.

    Dialect Tales 1883

  • We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe

    University of California, Riverside Campus News 2009


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  • without friends or family. From "A Field of Snow on a Slope of the Rosenberg" by Guy Davenport.

    January 19, 2010