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Definitions for resemblance
rɪˈzɛm blənsre·sem·blance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resemblancenoun

    similarity in appearance or external or superficial details


  1. resemblancenoun

    The quality or state of resembling; likeness; similitude; similarity.

  2. resemblancenoun

    That which resembles, or is similar; a representation; a likeness.

  3. resemblancenoun

    A comparison; a simile.

  4. resemblancenoun

    Probability; verisimilitude.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Resemblancenoun

    Likeness; similitude; representation.

    Etymology: resemblance, Fr.

    These sensible things, which religion hath allowed, are resemblances formed according to things spiritual, whereunto they serve as a hand to lead, and a way to direct. Richard Hooker.

    Fairest resemblance of thy maker fair,
    Thee all things living gaze on. John Milton.

    One main end of poetry and painting is to please; they bear a great resemblance to each other. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The quality produced hath commonly no resemblance with the thing producing it; wherefore, we look on it as a bare effect of power. John Locke.

    They are but weak resemblances of our intentions, faint and imperfect copies that may acquaint us with the general design, but can never express the life of the original. Addison.

    So chymists boast they have a pow’r,
    From the dead ashes of a flow’r,
    Some faint resemblance to produce,
    But not the virtue. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

    I cannot help remarking the resemblance betwixt him and our author in qualities, fame, and fortune. Alexander Pope.


  1. resemblance

    Resemblance refers to the state or fact of exhibiting similarities or likeness between two or more things or people. It typically involves having similar features, qualities, characteristics, or aspects that are comparable to each other. The term is often used in comparison, referring to an observable likeness that can be visually, symbolically, or conceptually shared.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resemblancenoun

    the quality or state of resembling; likeness; similitude; similarity

  2. Resemblancenoun

    that which resembles, or is similar; a representation; a likeness

  3. Resemblancenoun

    a comparison; a simile

  4. Resemblancenoun

    probability; verisimilitude

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resemblance in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resemblance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of resemblance in a Sentence

  1. John Volk:

    It's a close enough resemblance so that someone can go, 'Hey, that kind of looks like so-and-so,'.

  2. Jean Cocteau:

    All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.

  3. Abdul Salam Maftoon:

    The resemblance has boosted my chances of winning the competition by 50%.

  4. Pete Watt:

    Colin Firth bears a slightly closer resemblance to the heir-apparent than current favorite Ralph Fiennes, in addition, Firth's reputation of bringing a certain aristocratic feel to Colin Firth performances is likely to work in Colin Firth favor.

  5. John Owen:

    But this is the second work of the law when it hath by its convictions brought the sinner into a condition of a sense of guilt which he cannot avoid, -- nor will anything tender him relief, which way so ever he lose, for he is in a desert, -- it represents unto him the holiness and severity of God, with his indignation and wrath against sin which have a resemblance of a consuming fire. This fills his heart with dread and terror and makes him see his miserable, undone condition.

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