sameness

noun
same·​ness | \ˈsām-nəs \

Definition of sameness 

1 : the quality or state of being the same : identity, similarity

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Examples of sameness in a Sentence

the sameness of the two methods There is a sameness to his stories that makes them too predictable.

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The show’s designs are perfectly adequate, but its desire to make everything that’s not a human being appear either vaguely phallic or vulva-like means there’s a sameness to the designs here and there. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "How Big Mouth season 2 turns the horrors of puberty into sweet, nuanced comedy," 5 Oct. 2018 Gemini thrives on change and can’t stand too much sameness. Allure, "Bite Beauty's Astrology Lipstick for Leo Is an Attention-Grabbing Glittery Gold," 19 July 2018 But his fixation on identity—the rockers’ and his own—helps explain the mentality that led to such sameness in the first place. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Was Classic Rock a Sound, or a Tribe?," 28 May 2018 But while the score starts out fairly strong, a perfect match to the musical’s tonal aesthetic, the songs eventually give way to a kind of sameness. Aja Romano, Vox, "Pretty Woman: The Musical is high on charm, low on substance," 17 Aug. 2018 The sameness sets in right away: A terrorist known as al-Makdasi (Firas Nassar) who had been in Syria appears in the West Bank, echoing the reappearance of a terrorist thought dead at the beginning of Season 1. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘Fauda’ Returns on Netflix, Guns Blazing," 23 May 2018 There was that acknowledgment of difference and sameness. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Stellaluna' author and artist celebrates 25th anniversary with exhibit," 1 July 2018 This can give an impression of parity and sameness. Fortune, "Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?," 31 May 2018 So why would people put up with the discomfort that differences evoke, rather than always selecting the easy reward with sameness? Leslie Henderson, Scientific American, "Why Our Brains See the World as "Us" versus "Them"," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of sameness

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sameness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sameness

: the quality or state of being alike or of not changing

sameness

noun
same·​ness | \ˈsām-nəs \

Kids Definition of sameness

1 : the quality or state of being identical or like another There was a sameness to his stories.

2 : monotony

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