re·​sem·​blance | \ ri-ˈzem-blən(t)s How to pronounce resemblance (audio) \

Definition of resemblance

1a : the quality or state of resembling especially : correspondence in appearance or superficial qualities
b : a point of likeness : similarity
3 archaic : characteristic appearance
4 obsolete : probability

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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 resemblance in a Sentence

He doesn't look exactly like his father, but there is some resemblance. There is no resemblance between her and her sister.
Recent Examples on the Web That the character also happens to be a deadly assassin/master thief/high-performance driver — and bears no racial resemblance to Diesel whatsoever — only complicates matters. Chris Lee, Vulture, 16 June 2021 That man, Richard Cottingham, had been convicted of crimes that seemed to bear little resemblance to the murders of the girls. New York Times, 13 June 2021 The fighter bears a strong resemblance to American fifth-generation fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 June 2021 These poisonous portraits bear little resemblance to the industrious, worried, frugal, devoted and self-reliant woman who emerges from my research as a professor of history and women’s studies. Martha Saxton, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 Many of the others — including Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming — are conservative strongholds that seem to bear little resemblance to increasingly blue Virginia. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 National-security policy should be based on facts, not emotionally laden talking points, especially when the talking points bear little resemblance to reality. Robert Joseph, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 Non-digital native industries, like restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, have their moment, which bears a resemblance to the moment facing malls and big-box retailers in the early 2000s with the rise of eCommerce. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The Speedster also bears a more-than-passing resemblance to the CC100 one-off that Aston built to celebrate its centennial in 2013. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of resemblance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 Jun 2021

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“Resemblance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resemblance

: the state of looking or being like someone or something else
: something that makes one person or thing like another


re·​sem·​blance | \ ri-ˈzem-bləns How to pronounce resemblance (audio) \

Kids Definition of resemblance

: the quality or state of being similar to another


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