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 Grace, 18, bares a strong resemblance to her model mother while Finn, 16, looks more bashful in the group photo. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 His political analysis at times lumps President Biden in too closely with Trump, though there is almost no resemblance between their pandemic responses, and at other times (too carelessly for some readers) lumps Democrats in with Republicans. Andy Slavitt, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Without the myth of family resemblance and family coherence to fall back on, the familiar script of motherhood, whether learned or intuited, no longer seems like such a reliable guide. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 But some parents took to social media to voice their alarm over the design's resemblance to a Nazi symbol that features an eagle over a swastika. Nouran Salahieh, CNN, 20 July 2022 Yet as far as sibling resemblance, the Artura seems closer kin to the 819 hp Ferrari 296 GTB. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 16 July 2022 Images on social media show that the sisters shared a striking resemblance and appeared to have been close. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 4 July 2022 Technically, this term referred not to one specific virus, but to the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, which is distinguished by its members' resemblance to a solar corona. Grayson Quay, The Week, 1 July 2022 But that travel will bear little resemblance to the business travel experienced prior to 2020. Melissa Dreuth, Forbes, 1 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resemblance

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

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“Resemblance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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