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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Kin, Kind.
King. But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son—
Ham. A little more than kin, and less than kind.”
Shakespeare: Hamlet, i. 2.
Kin or kinsman is a relative by marriage or blood more distant than father and son.   1
   Kind means of the same sort of genus, as man-kind or man-genus.   2
   Hamlet says he is more than kin to Claudius (as he was step-son), but still he is not of the same kind, the same class. He is not a bird of the same feather as the king.   3



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