likeness

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noun like·ness \ˈlīk-nəs\

Definition of likeness

  1. 1 :  copy, portrait

  2. 2 :  appearance, semblance

  3. 3 :  the quality or state of being like :  resemblance

Examples of likeness in a Sentence

  1. a stamp bearing the likeness of a president

  2. There's some likeness between them.

  3. There's an uncanny likeness between them.

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Before 12th Century

First Known Use of likeness

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of likeness

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


LIKENESS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of likeness for English Language Learners

  • : a picture of a person

  • : the quality or state of being alike or similar especially in appearance


LIKENESS Defined for Kids

likeness

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noun like·ness \ˈlīk-nəs\

Definition of likeness for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of being similar :  resemblance

  2. 2 :  a picture of a person :  portrait



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