kith

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From Middle English kith ‎(kinsmen, relations), from Old English cȳþþ, cȳþþu ‎(kinship, kinsfolk, relations), from Proto-Germanic *kunþiþō ‎(knowledge, acquaintance), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenǝ-, *ǵnō- ‎(to know). Cognate with Old High German kundida ‎(kith), kundī ‎(knowledge), Gothic 𐌺𐌿𐌽𐌸𐌹 ‎(kunþi, knowledge). More at couth, -th.

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kith ‎(usually uncountable, plural kiths)

  1. (archaic or obsolete) friends and acquaintances
    • 2000 August 3, Michael Kelly, “New Hope For Nice Guys”, Orlando Sentinel, accessed on 2013-04-06:
      The demography-crossing thing that undergirds this election year, I think, is a strong, broad desire to punish Clinton and his kith with a denial of further power.

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