kith and kin


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kith and kin

 (kĭth′ ən kĭn′)
pl.n.
1. One's acquaintances and relatives.
2. One's relatives.

[Middle English kith, from Old English cȳth, kinsfolk, neighbors; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]
Word History: Kith is obsolete except in the alliterative expression kith and kin, a phrase that dates from Middle English times and seems to have already become a cliché by the 1300s. The Middle English noun kith meant basically "familiar country, place that one knows" and also "kinsfolk, relations." It comes from the Old English noun cȳth, meaning "knowledge," "known, familiar country," and "acquaintances, friends." Cȳth in turn comes from the Germanic noun *kunthithō, a derivative of *kunthaz, "known." Germanic *kunthaz was the past participle of a verb *kunnan, "to know, know how," which became cunnan in Old English. The first person singular of this verb, can, is alive and well today, as is what was originally the verbal noun and adjective of cunnan, namely cunning, which first appeared in the 1300s.
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The grandmother of Benjamin Franklin was Mary Morrel" afterwards, by marriage, Mary Folger, one of the old settlers of Nantucket, and the ancestress to a long line of Folgers and harpooneers --all kith and kin to noble Benjamin --this day darting the barbed iron from one side of the world to the other.
Flesh Isn’t iron, that a man can live forever, and see his kith and kin driven to a far country, and he left to mourn, with none to keep him company.
Men fought and died for their kith and kin or for their religion, but the greatest heroes have always been those who have risked their lives in the defense of their country.
Pakistani leaders are hopeless as they do not think beyond the welfare of their scions, kith and kin.
They said that summoning and torturing kith and kin and even friends of resistance leaders, arresting dozens under frivolous charges and putting in Tihar jail was actually a ploy of Indian rulers, their Kashmiri abettors and agencies who wanted to put whole resistance camp especially JRL leadership into submission.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that there had been a failure on the part of the government in the rescue operations, and that it had reached such a stage that the fishermen themselves had to set out in search of their kith and kin lost on the high seas.
But with 2016 going down in history as one of the most horrible of years, an annus horribilis, filled with strife and violence, uncertainty and fear, and with more to come in 2017, we need our kith and kin even more.
WHEN asked where does the UK secure its food sources if EU tariffs were imposed, a pro-exit MP responded by indicating we should look to South America and our kith and kin in Australia and New Zealand.
The project was handed over to client Kith and Kin on 1 June.
An unhealthy environment causes 1 in 4 deaths but why should our rulers and bureaucrat be worried about unhealthy environment and pollution of all sorts everywhere because, more or less, all of them have already shifted their wives, siblings and other kith and kin abroad and here even they live in such posh areas where pollution is only a fiction but not reality.
As far as the kith and kin of these youths are concerned they had made great sacrifices for a worthy cause.
The government has also announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the kith and kin of the dead.