What does resemblance mean?

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.

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 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.

  2. Larry Foulke:

    You and I are opposite sides of the same coin. When we face each other, we can finally see our true selves. There may be a resemblance, but we never face the same direction.

  3. Auguste Rodin:

    If the artist only reproduces superficial features as photography does, if he copies the lineaments of a face exactly, without reference to character, he deserves no admiration. The resemblance which he ought to obtain is that of the soul.

  4. Louis Aragon:

    The whole fauna of human fantasies, their marine vegetation, drifts and luxuriates in the dimly lit zones of human activity, as though plaiting thick tresses of darkness. Here, too, appear the lighthouses of the mind, with their outward resemblance to less pure symbols. The gateway to mystery swings open at the touch of human weakness and we have entered the realms of darkness. One false step, one slurred syllable together reveal a man's thoughts.

  5. John Volk:

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

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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • A. tranquillity
    • B. disguise
    • C. cycling
    • D. aerial

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