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  1. (context, of persons) Of the same kin; related by blood.
    • 1722, w:Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, ch. 23,
    • :We are too near to lie together, though we may lodge near one another.
    • 1897, w:Joseph Conrad, Joseph Conrad, The Nigger of the "Narcissus", ch. 2,
    • :The faces changed, passing in rotation. Youthful faces, bearded faces, dark faces: faces serene, or faces moody, but all with the brotherhood of the sea.
      1. Allied by nature; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind.
    • 1677, w:Theophilus Gale, Theophilus Gale, The Court of the Gentiles, T. Cockeril, part 4, bk. 1, ch. 2, p. 27,
    • :Is not then Fruition near to Love?
    • 1710, anon., "To the Spectator, &c.," The Spectator, vol. 1, no. 8 (March 9), p. 39,
    • :She told me that she hoped my Face was not to my Tongue.
    • 1814, w:Jane Austen, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, ch. 44,
    • :Such sensations, however, were too near to resentment to be long guiding Fanny's soliloquies.
    • 1837, w:Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, ch. 39,
    • :Mr. Winkle . . . took his hand with a feeling of regard, to veneration.
    • 1910, w:Zane Grey, Zane Grey, "Old Well-Well," Success (July),
    • :Something to a smile shone on his face.
    Etymology: Prefix a- (for of) + kin.

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