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이 Motivation은 Saeryoung Lee님께서 작성해주셨습니다.

A는 B를 닮았다라고 할 때, 사물이나 사건의 외형이 아닌 내면의 성질이나 성격이 비슷하다고 말하고 싶다면?
  1. A is like B.
  2. A is very similar to B.
  3. A resembles B.
위의 세 가지 표현도 나쁘지는 않지만, 겉모습이 아닌 내면의 어떠함을 포함하는 표현이 있다. “The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance” - Bryan Q. Miller


  1. Having a similar quality or character; analogous.
  2. Of the same kin; related by blood.


마치 혈연적인 관계처럼, 같은 피가 흐르듯이, A와 B는 그렇게 비슷하다라고 볼 수 있겠다.


  • Sam hesitates, momentarily at a loss, then turns to Jimmy, who seems to regard Kelly with something akin to physical pain. (Wild Things)
  • Emilio is watching Estrella and Martin with something akin to bored amusement. (Searchers)
  • David Rasmussen is the majority leader, which means he’s one step above me and one below Birch, which is akin to being between a very hungry wolf and a very quarrelsome sheep. (House of Cards)
  • It reveals a condition akin to a disease, that spreads like an epidemic, and like an epidemic, a quarantine is necessary to keep it from infecting this nation. (Cold War)
  • Well, thanks to Homeland Security being on a college campus is akin to wearing an electronic ankle bracelet. (Smallville)


  • Without the lines at retail locations that usually accompany an Apple new-product release, the watch’s introduction was more akin to a fashion debut. (Bloomberg)
  • Robotics: An artificial exoskeleton, akin to a pair of robotic trousers, promises to bring hope and dignity to paraplegics by letting them walk. (Economist)
  • “Money has become akin to God in the current situation,” Huber told daily Berliner Zeitung. (NYT)


  • summer fashion tip: roll up the legs of your male capri pants to experience even swifter movement and a style and courage akin to robin hood
  • you know when you’ve been lusting after a lipstick forever and finally find it I feel like this is akin to being reunited w long lost family
  • Rosie Batty says domestic violence should be seen as akin to terrorism.


  • and one below Birch, which is akin to being between a very hungry wolf
  • is akin to believing in fairies
  • Doing nothing at work is akin to masturbating at work;
  • something akin to the Marshall Plan.
  • is akin to saying that you want to win the Powerball when you grow up.
  • that we start to see structures akin to a penis
  • much akin to what we have with our hands.
  • It is more akin to a Swiss army knife
  • akin to Jim Cameron’s “Avatar.”
  • was to convert it to something much more akin to ice cream.
  • are akin to scientific quantities,
  • that does not have feelings akin to their own. Anything, I think,


  • Is it a slang? No
  • Can I use it in a email? Yes
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes
  • Frequency? A LOT

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/