like·​ness | \ ˈlīk-nəs How to pronounce likeness (audio) \

Definition of likeness

1 : copy, portrait
3 : the quality or state of being like : resemblance

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Synonyms for likeness


icon (also ikon), illustration, image, picture

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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

Examples of likeness in a Sentence

a stamp bearing the likeness of a president There's some likeness between them. There's an uncanny likeness between them.
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Entertainment for allegedly scamming him out of his likeness rights. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Stan Lee returns with video message to fans: 'I'm back again with new energy'," 13 July 2018 While 66 percent of Americans are in favor of athletes earning revenue from their name or likeness, almost 90 percent of black fans polled were in favor while 60 percent of white fans approved. Shannon Ryan,, "Former Duke star Wendell Carter Jr.'s right to point out pay hypocrisy of NCAA," 18 May 2018 A year later, an arbitration panel determined that Mr. Miller’s appearance in the film did not cause harm to the company and that Mr. Miller was free to use his own name, likeness, voice and brand in anything outside of ski movies. Matt Higgins, New York Times, "Warren Miller, Ski Bum Turned Filmmaker, Is Dead at 93," 25 Jan. 2018 The videogame industry has faced previous disputes with entertainers, athletes and others over the alleged use of their likenesses. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Pinkerton Detectives Still Exist, and They’re Tired of Being the Bad Guys," 21 Jan. 2019 The complaints allege copyright infringement and violations of the right of publicity — the personal rights that govern how an individual can control and profit off the use of their own likeness, name, and other identifiable traits. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 The application, which outlines a product capable of identifying passersby and sending an image of their likeness to law enforcement, is drawing ire from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Continues to Patent Facial Recognition Technologies—And Is Facing Pressure From All Sides," 13 Dec. 2018 Sacagawea’s likeness is even on a dollar commemorative coin, first issued in 2000. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 By any standards, Robbie bears a striking, real-life likeness to the original 1950s doll—blue eyes, blonde hair, chiseled features, and a jaw-dropping figure that took center stage in her breakout role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Will Margot Robbie's Starring Role as Barbie Reinforce Old Stereotypes—or Defy Them?," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of likeness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of likeness

: a picture of a person
: the quality or state of being alike or similar especially in appearance


like·​ness | \ ˈlīk-nəs How to pronounce likeness (audio) \

Kids Definition of likeness

1 : the state of being similar : resemblance
2 : a picture of a person : portrait

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