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Definitions for likeness
ˈlaɪk nɪslike·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. likeness, alikeness, similitudenoun

    similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things

    "man created God in his own likeness"

  2. likeness, semblancenoun

    picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing


  1. likenessnoun

    The state or quality of being like or alike; similitude; resemblance; similarity.

  2. likenessnoun

    Appearance or form; guise.

    An enemy in the likeness of a friend.

  3. likenessnoun

    That which closely resembles; a portrait.

    How he looked, the likenesses of him which still remain enable us to imagine.

  4. likenessverb

    To depict.

  5. Etymology: ; from licnes, a shortening of gelicness. The verb is derived from the noun.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Likenessnoun

    Etymology: from like.

    They all do live, and moved are
    To multiply the likeness of their kind. Edmund Spenser.

    A translator is to make his author appear as charming as he can, provided he maintains his character, and makes him not unlike himself. Translation is a kind of drawing after the life, where there is a double sort of likeness, a good one and a bad one. Dryden.

    In such cases there will be found a better likeness, and a worse; and the better is constantly to be chosen. Dryden.

    Never came trouble to my house in the likeness of your grace; for trouble being gone, comfort should remain. William Shakespeare.

    It is safer to stand upon our guard against an enemy in the likeness of a friend, than to embrace any man for a friend in the likeness of an enemy. Roger L'Estrange.

    Poor Cupid, sobbing, scarce could speak,
    Indeed mamma, I did not know ye:
    Alas! how easy my mistake?
    I took you for your likeness Cloe. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Likenessnoun

    the state or quality of being like; similitude; resemblance; similarity; as, the likeness of the one to the other is remarkable

  2. Likenessnoun

    appearance or form; guise

  3. Likenessnoun

    that which closely resembles; a portrait

  4. Likenessnoun

    a comparison; parable; proverb

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of likeness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of likeness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of likeness in a Sentence

  1. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    The eternity we enter at death begins with a judgment. God has created us to live forever because, made in his image and likeness, God calls us to share, as far as creatures can, in the life of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This happy ending to our earthly life is not, however, a foregone conclusion. All depends upon our cooperation with God’s plan for us. What we are and do in this life is heavy with eternal consequences. When we emerge from the shadows of this life into the light of God’s presence at death, what we have made of ourselves will measure itself against the truth of God for us.

  2. Virginia Woolf:

    It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only? Ought not education to bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities? For we have too much likeness as it is, and if an explorer should come back and bring word of other sexes looking through the branches of other trees at other skies, nothing would be of greater service to humanity; and we should have the immense pleasure into the bargain of watching Professor X rush for his measuring-rods to prove himself superior.

  3. Erin Perrine:

    We have publicly condemned any group that misuses President Trump's likeness, or otherwise implies an affiliation with Donald Trump reelection campaign, in order to confuse people and mislead donors, it is dishonest to trick people into thinking they are directly supporting the President's re-election when they are not.

  4. Nefertiti Walker:

    We as a society absolutely idealize what the perfect athlete looks like, which is male and most often white, i think that those who are coming to support college athletics through name, image, likeness-type contracts, they're going to be falling victim to these same sort of racialized gender biases. There's also going to be a bias for those who appear to be most straight.

  5. Robert Boyce:

    If you look at the photo ... it's a reasonable likeness to Mr. Blake, they look like twins.

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