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Kind of sound intermittently faint (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

human

'kind' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'sound intermittently faint' is the wordplay.
'sound' becomes 'hum' (hum is a kind of sound).
'intermittently' indicates alternate letters.
The alternating letters of 'faint' are 'an'.
'hum'+'an'='HUMAN'

'of' is the link.

(Other definitions for human that I've seen before include "Anthropoid" , "Relating to a person" , "Fallible - person" , "Man, woman or child" , "Being that's apt to err?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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