What does likeness mean?

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.


  1. likeness

    Likeness refers to the state or quality of being alike or similar, especially in appearance. It can also pertain to a representation, such as a picture or sculpture, of a person or thing.

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. Nick Saban:

    Name, Image, and Likeness is a great thing for players, and I ’m all for players having the opportunity to create whatever value theory can create for themselves. Our players did extremely well last year, I think they made over $ 3 million in Name, Image, and Likeness.

  2. Bertrand Russell:

    What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer.

  3. Condoleezza Rice:

    We believe that students ought to be able to benefit from name, image and likeness, but you can’t decide a program until you know the legal parameters, that was the point. I think some of the commentary suggested that we didn’t really speak on this issue. I think we did speak on this issue, it’s just that we understand there’s a legal framework that has to be developed first.

  4. Chairman Robert L. Johnson:

    The most important thing is that creativity or quality of performance should never be judged on the basis of color, or ethnicity, or physical likeness, quality entertainment should be measured by the sheer force of creativity and the commitment that an actor or actress brings to the performance.

  5. 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.

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