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likeness

[lahyk-nis] /ˈlaɪk nɪs/
noun
1.
a representation, picture, or image, especially a portrait:
to draw a good likeness of Churchill.
2.
the state or fact of being like:
I can't get over your likeness to my friend.
3.
the semblance or appearance of something; guise:
to assume the likeness of a swan.
Origin of likeness
950
before 950; Middle English liknesse, Old English līcnes, variant of gelīcnes. See alike, -ness
Synonyms
2. resemblance, similitude. 3. shape, form.
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  • There was the name and the likeness of a man far more familiar to many of them.

  • There seems to be some likeness in the positions of Paul and myself.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • Addison has been less studied; and his likeness has consequently been less questioned.

  • The dissimilarity of the plays only accentuates the likeness of the two protagonists.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • This is not altogether the fact, though I for one see no shame in acknowledging the likeness.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
British Dictionary definitions for likeness

likeness

/ˈlaɪknɪs/
noun
1.
the condition of being alike; similarity
2.
a painted, carved, moulded, or graphic image of a person or thing
3.
an imitative appearance; semblance
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Word Origin and History for likeness
n.

Old English (Northumbrian) licnes "likeness, similarity; figure, statue, image," shortened from gelicness; see like (adj.) + -ness.

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