Definition of likeness in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlīknəs/


1The fact or quality of being alike; resemblance: her likeness to him was astonishing a family likeness can be seen among all the boys
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  • Thus, in addition to their likeness to executives with options packages, pundits also closely resemble mutual fund managers, and the people who invest with them.
  • Parental love is motivated by the child's intimate affinity and likeness to her.
  • Perhaps Neruda's most endearing quality, aside from his self-professed likeness to a tapir, was his respect for poetry as an occupation.
1.1The semblance, guise, or outward appearance of: humans are described as being made in God’s likeness
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  • Just as we have often made God in our own image and likeness, we now may run the risk of being shaped by machines we have created.
  • The first mission of you women is to remake yourself in the image and likeness of the Divine Female Principle, the female aspect of God.
  • Creator - and on the seventh day he rested from his work of creating - then those he created in his image and likeness would also be creative beings.
semblance, guise, appearance, outward form, form, shape, image
1.2A portrait or representation: the only known likeness of Dorothy as a young woman
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  • The resulting images are not only likenesses of the models but also represent their temporary physical presence.
  • The kids were beginning to see that a portrait is not just a drawing depicting a likeness.
  • And while it is true that Frank Auerbach's portraits are not likenesses in any conventional sense, that is probably the least significant fact about them.
picture, drawing, sketch, painting, portrait, photograph, study;
statue, sculpture


Old English gelīknes (see alike, -ness).

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Syllabification: like·ness

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