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comparison

Line breaks: com|pari¦son
Pronunciation: /kəmˈparɪs(ə)n
 
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Definition of comparison in English:

noun

1A consideration or estimate of the similarities or dissimilarities between two things or people: they drew a comparison between Gandhi’s teaching and that of other teachers [mass noun]: the two books invite comparison with one another
More example sentences
  • The GMC drew a comparison between revalidation and the periodic assessments that airline pilots have to undergo.
  • Calls for more bank holidays always invite comparisons - usually with the Continent.
  • His potential and spiky energy have invited comparisons with some of the finest in Liverpool's history.
Synonyms
contrast, juxtaposition, collation, differentiation;
1.1An analogy: perhaps the best comparison is that of seasickness
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  • In the original Greek sense, analogy involved a comparison of two proportions or relations.
  • Perhaps a comparison could be made with alcohol, a potent and dangerous drug.
  • Until these questions are answered, a comparison to Greek rituals will just be speculative.
1.2 [mass noun] The quality of being similar or equivalent: when it comes to achievements this season, there’s no comparison between Linfield and Bangor
More example sentences
  • There are no ceremonial procedures for entry to a civil relationship to avoid any parallel or comparison with marriage.
  • In the quality of their play there has been no comparison between the two.
  • There is another interesting comparison between these two essays.
Synonyms
resemblance, likeness, similarity, similitude, correspondence, correlation, parallel, parity, symmetry, equivalence, comparability, analogy
2 [mass noun] Grammar The formation of the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French comparesoun, from Latin comparatio(n-), from comparare 'to pair, match' (see compare).

Phrases

bear (or stand) comparison

1
Be of sufficient quality to be likened favourably to someone or something of the same kind: our pupils' results will bear comparison with any in Scotland
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  • They were ‘insiders’, set apart from the community in a place that stood comparison with a prison.
  • They respect him because he gets the job done, and his record stands comparison with any other coach in the world.
  • Few would pretend that an MBA stands comparison with a master's degree in basic sciences in scholarship or scientific content.

beyond comparison

2
Surpassing all others of the same kind.
Example sentences
  • Look, there are two events which are beyond comparison, which are unique events.
  • The intricate figurines that roll out of his sandalwood art when he opens one hand-held closet after another is beyond comparison.
  • And of course the difference in the human cost is almost beyond comparison.

in (or by) comparison

3
When compared: the Prime Minister’s support staff is tiny in comparison with that of a US President
More example sentences
  • It is a good vintage and the prices are pretty reasonable in comparison to the 2000.
  • Doubtful prairie dogs have a proportionally larger neocortex in comparison to other mammals.
  • The amount of weblogs that get a lot of traffic each day is pretty tiny in comparison with the number of weblogs in the world.

Words that rhyme with comparison

caparison, garrison, Harrison

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