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27 Aug 2020 • 1 min
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 27, 2020 is: kindred � \KIN-drud\ � adjective 1 : of a similar nature or character : like 2 : of the same ancestry Examples: "Osterholm over the last few decades has been part of expert panels addressing … infectious zoonotic viruses kindred to Covid-19 such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)." — Todd Wilkinson, The Mountain Journal (Bozeman, Montana), 12 Apr. 2020 "This study also highlights how identifying with the personality traits of a musician who feels like a kindred spirit can have positive psychological benefits for the listener.…" — Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today, 5 July 2020 Did you know? If you believe that advice and relatives are inseparable, the etymology of kindred will prove you right. Kindred comes from a combination of kin and the Old English word ræden ("condition"), which itself comes from the verb rædan, meaning "to advise." Kindred entered English as a noun first during the Middle Ages. That noun, which can refer to a group of related individuals or to one's own relatives, gave rise to the adjective kindred in the 14th century.