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Word History: Kith is obsolete except in the alliterative expression kith and kin, a phrase that dates from Middle English times and seems to have already become a cliché by the 1300s.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.
Smiles she, and her sires are lords, Noble rank her brothers win: Ah, the ominous awards Showered upon her kith and kin! For throughout the land there runs Thought of peril, thought of fire; Men rejoice not in their sons -- Daughters are their sole desire.
The bonny lassie's my ain kith and kin. The tongue o' scandal, I trow, has naething to say against that.--Lord save us and guide us!" he added In another tone, as the girl closed the door on them, "what brings ye here?"
ANTIGONE To reverence kith and kin can bring no shame.
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.”
I have no hesitation in saying that foreign diplomatic assignments have become a tool for obliging political cronies and kith and kin of the influential.
Ghana continues to remain an open society, welcoming, especially, its kith and kin on the African Continent, but what it does insist on is that its domestic laws are respected by those who come into the country, President Akufo-Addo has said.
In 2017, CBI had initiated a preliminary inquiry to look into allegations against Tuki, who was then PWD minister and awarded 11 government contracts to his kith and kin in 2005 for personal gains.
According to reporter, the protesters mostly elderly persons holding banners and placards demanded the whereabouts of their kith and kin who were subjected to enforced disappearances in Kashmir since 1989.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the protesters mostly elderly persons holding banners and placards demanded the whereabouts of their kith and kin who were subjected to enforced disappearances in Kashmir since 1989.
SARGODHA -- A raiding team of City police was held hostage by the kith and kin of a suspect here the other day.
People from abroad as well as major cities make it a point to be home with their kith and kin for the festivities.