Definition of similitude in English:

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Pronunciation: /siˈmiləˌt(y)o͞od/


1The quality or state of being similar to something.
Example sentences
  • From a sociological point of view, it is therefore an expression of similitude of being, but also agency (the means to act) within a social technology.
  • See Foucault on resemblance and similitude.
  • Richard Eyre summed it up well recently: cinema and television are mediums of similitude, and radio and the stage mediums of metaphor.
1.1 archaic A comparison between two things.
Example sentences
  • He further suggests that there are two types of parables: narrative parables (comparisons with narration) and similitudes (comparisons with ‘is like’ or ‘is as if’).
  • As a step towards addressing these questions I would like to draw attention to another set of similitudes operative in ‘Loves Progress’: the monetary tropes linking value to love or desire.
  • Though full of similitudes and routine panegyrics, the book is valuable for its lack of originality and reflection of current views.
1.2 archaic A person or thing resembling someone or something else.
Example sentences
  • Everyone agrees that he is a similitude of his father.
  • But might we not know a given thing through its similitude, without having first perceived it, if another being should reveal to us that this was its similitude?


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin similitudo, from similis 'like'.

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