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"Music, surely, was the art nearest akin to odour."-- Visionaries (1905) by James Huneker

"Friends are God's apology for relations." --Hugh Kingsmill

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Kinship is one of the most basic principles for organizing individuals into social groups, roles, and categories.

The word kinship can refer more broadly to any emotional relationship. This can also refer to ideas which are mathematically related.

In its most general sense, kinship can be used in reference to similarity; for instance, a car is akin to a truck. In some cultures, the formal establishment of kinship involves various customs and obligations.

Anthropologists have studied different systems of kinship in a wide variety of cultures; see family.

Many codes of ethics consider the bond of kinship as creating obligations between the related persons stronger than those between strangers, as in Confucian filial piety.


From a corruption of of kin, from Middle English of kyn (“related, of kin”), equivalent to a- +‎ kin (1550s)[1]. Compare Old English cyn, cynn (“akin, proper, suitable”, adj.).

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