Definitions for kithkɪθ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kithkɪθ(n.)

  1. acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like.

    Category: Sociology, Anthropology

Idioms for kith:

  1. kith and kin,relatives, or acquaintances and relatives together.

    Category: Idiom, Anthropology, Sociology

Origin of kith:

bef. 900; ME; OE cȳth, earlier cȳththu kinship, knowledge (c. OHG chundida) =cūth known (see uncouth ) +-thu -th1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kith(noun)

    your friends and acquaintances

    "all his kith and kin"

Wiktionary

  1. kith(Noun)

    friends and acquaintances

  2. Origin: From kith, from cyþþ, cyþþu, from kunþiþō, from ǵenǝ-. Cognate with kundida, kundi, 033A033F033D03380339. More at couth, -th.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kith(noun)

    acquaintance; kindred

Freebase

  1. Kith

    The Kith are a starfaring culture featured in a number of stories by Poul Anderson: ⁕"Ghetto" ⁕"The Horn of Time the Hunter" ⁕The novel Starfarers - John W. Campbell Memorial Award nominee, 1999 The Kith develop out of early interstellar explorers in the 21st and 22nd centuries. Because of the effects of time dilation associated with travel at near-light speeds, the Kith maintain separate settlements in which care was taken to keep their language and culture consistent over the course of millennia. As Kith usually marry among themselves, they seek to avoid in-breeding by a strict Exogamy; Kith must find their mates in a ship other their own, marriage between crew members of the same ship being considered a kind of incest. Inevitably, Kith come to regard planet-bound cultures with aloof detachment, as an individual Kith may witness in his or her lifetime the passage of hundreds of years, the rise and fall of empires which can only seem ephemeral. To the ground-dwellers such attitudes come to seem superior and arrogant, and the Kith's apparent near-immortality arouses envy. Although the Kith are instrumental in maintaining the network of trade that makes human interstellar civilization possible, over time they become the object of derision, suspicion and ultimately persecution.

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