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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It is therefore in many ways more akin to an art rather than a science.
▪ Preference shares, particularly redeemable preference shares, are sometimes considered to be more akin to loan stock than share capital.
▪ The new organisation will be more akin to an organism, adopting the language of biology rather than the machine.
▪ Nevertheless, in terms of the rights which attach, redeemable preference shares are more akin to debt than shares.
▪ They were more akin to the machine politicians we know today than to the noble coalition builders and power-brokers who preceded them.
▪ This is very narrow, more akin to a country lane, with few passing places, but is relatively traffic free.
▪ This unstable region of Ulthuan has a strange other-worldly quality more akin to the realms of Chaos than to mortal lands.
▪ They are therefore more akin to the conventional drugs.
▪ It is therefore in many ways more akin to an art rather than a science.
▪ Keeping a steady blaze is akin to the way in which women generate and maintain emotional energy.
▪ Nevertheless, in terms of the rights which attach, redeemable preference shares are more akin to debt than shares.
▪ The relationship between each group and management was akin to that of contractor and client.
▪ The staff relaxed, until the building started expanding and contracting - an effect they described as akin to heavy breathing.
▪ To be enjoying the war was very wrong, but her new-found feeling of achievement was akin to joy.
▪ Yet it is clear that something akin to what Kazantzakis depicts must have occurred in actuality.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.''

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

    Note: This adjective is used only after the noun. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, from phrase of kin; see kin.


a. 1 (context of persons English) Of the same kin; related by blood. 2 {{context|often|followed by (term to English)|lang=en}} allied by nature; similar; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind.

  1. adj. 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]

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


Akin may refer to:

Akin (surname)

Akin is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Albert J. Akin (1803–1903), American banker and philanthropist who funded the Akin Free Library
  • Asım Akin (born 1940), Turkish physician
  • Bob Akin (born 1936), American sports commentator, executive, and auto racer
  • Daniel L. Akin (born 1957), American theologian and educator
  • David Akin, Canadian journalist
  • Edward C. Akin (1852-1936), American politician
  • Henry Akin (born 1944), American basketball player
  • Harold Akin (born 1945), American football player
  • Ian Akin (born 1959), American comic artist
  • James Akin (artist) (ca.1773-1846), American political cartoonist
  • James Patrick Akin (born 1966), American educator and writer
  • Jon Akin (born 1977), American soccer player
  • Len Akin (1916 – 1987), American National Football League player
  • Philip Akin (born 1950), Canadian actor
  • Susan Akin (born 1965), American beauty pageant titleholder
  • Theron Akin (1855 – 1933), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Todd Akin (born 1947), U.S. Republican politician from Missouri
  • Warren Akin, Sr. (1811 – 1877), Confederate politician
Akin (given name)

Akin is a given name. Notable people with the name include:

  • Akin Akingbala (born 1983), Nigerian professional basketball player
  • Akin Akinsehinde (born 1976), Nigerian footballer
  • Akin Birdal (born 1948), Turkish politician
  • Akin Düzakin (born 1961), Turkish -Norwegian illustrator and children's author
  • Akin Euba (born 1935), Nigerian composer, musicologist, and pianist
  • Akin Fakeye (born 1936), Nigerian craftsman
  • Akin Gazi (born 1981), British actor of Turkish Cypriot descent
  • Akin Omoboriowo (1932 – 2012), Nigerian lawyer and politician

Usage examples of "akin".

Chronicle of 1146-54, with a wider patriotic outlook that is more akin to that of Monomakh and of the patriotic clerics, and which regards self-sacrifice for Russia as the noblest of virtues.

His style, at once realistic and sublime, is distinctly akin to that of the great Anglican mystics Herbert and Vaughan.

Russian more closely akin to that of his letters than that of his literary prose.

His thought is mainly historical, and the way he understood history as a spontaneous, unpredestined, incalculable force continuing the equally spontaneous and unpredestined evolution of nature makes him, like Grigoriev, akin to Bergson.

His romanticism is very Russian, genuinely akin to the spirit of Russian folk song and folk tales.

It is easy to see that the method, while it gives unusual freshness to imaginative representation, is in essence hostile to all culture and all social form, and is psychologically akin to anarchism.

It has often been affirmed that Tolstoy was an eminently natural, subconscious, elemental man, and that in this he was akin to primitive man, as yet imperfectly differentiated from nature.

But his method of constructing a story is akin to the method used in music.

What is particularly original in Rozanov, and what makes him so much akin to Dos-toyevsky, is his peculiar attitude to morality.

Shestov has no roots in any soil: his thought is international, or rather supranational, and in this respect more akin to Tolstoy than to Dostoyevsky.

His metaphysics is closely akin to that of the symbolists: it is a mysticism of impersonal forces that he has associated with the dynamic philosophy of Heraclitus the Dark.

But even apart from this perversity, his philosophy itself inclines towards a nihilism akin to Satanism.

Annensky is akin to Chekhov, for his material is also the pinpricks and infinitesimals of life.

Though in his technique he is almost free from symbolist influences, the general spirit of his poetry is much more akin to symbolism than to that of the younger school, for, alone of the younger poets, he is a mystic.

He is genuinely akin to the spirit of the Russian folk song, though he does not adopt its meters.