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kindred (adj) related; very similar.

To be kindred is to belong to the same family or to be related. If you have a kindred person, you have a relative. If someone is related to you, they are your kindred. A kindred soul/spirit is the common way of referring to someone who is similar to you in tastes, attitudes, etc. A man may find a kindred soul in a woman and vice versa in which case they might fall in love with each other and marry, because of their similar tastes and attitudes. I found a kindred spirit in my cousin. This means that I found a person who has similar tastes as I have.

  • Pierre Curie found a kindred soul in Madame Curie before their marriage. They found they had similar interests in the matter of scientific research and fell in love with each other.
  • The two were gamblers, in addition to being first cousins. No surprise, then, each found in the other a kindred spirit.
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