Definition of likeness in English:

likeness

Syllabification: like·ness
Pronunciation: /ˈlīknəs
 
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noun

1The fact or quality of being alike; resemblance: her likeness to him was astonishing a family likeness can be seen among all the boys
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1The semblance, guise, or outward appearance of: humans are described as being made in God’s likeness
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
semblance, guise, appearance, outward form, form, shape, image
1.2A portrait or representation: the only known likeness of Dorothy as a young woman
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
representation, image, depiction, portrayal; picture, drawing, sketch, painting, portrait, photograph, study; statue, sculpture

Origin

Old English gelīknes (see alike, -ness).

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