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. Kind means of the same sort of genus, as man-kind or man-genus. 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.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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