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similitude

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noun si·mil·i·tude \sə-ˈmi-lə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of similitude

  1. 1a :  counterpart, doubleb :  a visible likeness :  image

  2. 2 :  an imaginative comparison :  simile

  3. 3a :  correspondence in kind or qualityb :  a point of comparison



Examples of similitude in a sentence

  1. <the striking similitude between that modern city and the Rome of ancient times>

  2. <the two robberies, committed on opposite ends of the country, show some curious similitudes>



Origin of similitude

Middle English, from Anglo-French, allegory, analogy, from Latin similitudo resemblance, from similis


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of similitude

likeness, similarity, resemblance, similitude, analogy mean agreement or correspondence in details. likeness implies a closer correspondence than similarity which often implies that things are merely somewhat alike <a remarkable likeness to his late father> <some similarity between the two cases>. resemblance implies similarity chiefly in appearance or external qualities <statements that bear little resemblance to the truth>. similitude applies chiefly to correspondence between abstractions <two schools of social thought showing points of similitude>. analogy implies likeness or parallelism in relations rather than in appearance or qualities <pointed out analogies to past wars>.

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