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 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,, "'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 The actors don’t always let the songs shine to their full potential, and several don’t sound quite confident in their singing; there’s a sameness in the vocals that doesn’t account for whether the song is meant to be funny, angry or heartfelt. Matthew J. Palm,, "Entertaining Sherlock Holmes musical doesn't always hit the right emotional notes," 9 June 2018 The game never exactly demanded cookie-cutter sameness, but centers and big forwards patrolled the basket area and the wings and guards dominated the perimeter. Bob Ford,, "Sixers need to find positionless players to position themselves for future | Bob Ford," 21 May 2018 Having a few unique areas is a lot better than the overwhelming sameness of the previous game's (otherwise lovely) setting. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "How Just Cause 4’s tornado works, and a glimpse at all the chaos you cause," 14 June 2018 Above that, refried beans, cheese, and tomato sauce melt together into a gooey sameness. Ann Friedman, Bon Appetit, "I Pine for Happy Joe’s Taco Pizza, the Culinary Relic of My Iowa Youth," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of sameness

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sameness was in 1581

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English Language Learners Definition of sameness

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


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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