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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The fence now bears Starr's likeness while looking hopefully toward the 2019 season, when the Packers will play under their first new coach since 2006. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Packers fans remember Bart Starr during traditional Labor Day painting," 3 Sep. 2019 Comparisons have been made between Smith Rowe's style of play and that of ex-Gunners wonderkid Jack Wilshere, though it was feared the likeness could also extend to fitness., "Emile Smith Rowe Returns to Arsenal First-Team Training Despite Fresh Injury Concerns," 2 Sep. 2019 Melania Trump’s likeness was carved into a tree, rooted deeply in a river bank, and is unlikely to go anywhere soon. Palko Karasz,, "Slovenia has another Trump statue. This one has vampire teeth.," 31 Aug. 2019 The photo shows Eilish’s likeness, but without any hair (or a shirt, though the photo is only of her shoulders and above) and with her skin appearing metallic. Ashley Boucher,, "Billie Eilish, 17, Blasts Nylon Germany for Photoshopping Her Into Topless Cover: 'I Did Not Consent'," 30 Aug. 2019 And because no photographs exist for DuSable and his wife, Native American artist Monica Rickert-Bolter posed for Kitihawa’s likeness and Etzer Cantave, board president of the Dusable Heritage Association, sat as a model for DuSable. Darcel Rockett,, "Wonder what that four-faced object is outside your Green Line 'L' window? The Floating Museum’s latest art initiative," 16 Aug. 2019 The likenesses aren’t much of a coincidence, considering that Fossil Group owns Misfit. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Misfit’s new Vapor X is a lightweight Wear OS smartwatch," 14 Aug. 2019 State and federal laws forbid use of a person’s likeness for commercial or advertising uses without express consent, the suit states. Ron Hurtibise,, "I’m not single: Married cop sues over use of photo to promote dating site," 12 Aug. 2019 And there is the forest, a 250-square-mile protected area, where, not too far from the obelisk in the center, the five-foot concrete block bearing Georges Mandel’s likeness sits in the waving grass. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Haunting of Paris: Georges Mandel and the Long Legacy of Nazi Violence," 6 Aug. 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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