dis·​si·​mil·​i·​tude ˌdi(s)-sə-ˈmi-lə-ˌtüd How to pronounce dissimilitude (audio)
: lack of resemblance

Examples of dissimilitude in a Sentence

there's a real dissimilitude between literature and film, and a critic shouldn't evaluate one in terms of the other
Recent Examples on the Web The original Barbie seemed to share Bild Lilli’s makeup and her alien proportions, which Handler was supposedly attracted to exactly for their dissimilitude to real human features, per the Hulu documentary Tiny Shoulders. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 2 May 2019 This dissimilitude in revenues and protections sometimes sets up an antagonistic situation between the recording side (artists, labels, producers, musicians, singers) and the publishing side (publishers and songwriters). Richard James Burgess, Billboard, 16 Apr. 2018

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Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Latin dissimilitūdin-, dissimilitūdō, from dissimilis "unlike, different" (from dis- dis- + similis "having characteristics in common, like") + -tūdin-, -tūdō -tude — more at similar

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dissimilitude was in the 15th century

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“Dissimilitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissimilitude. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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