- the function of an adverb or adjective that is used to indicate degrees of superiority or inferiority in quality, quantity, or intensity.
- the patterns of formation involved therein.
- the degrees of a particular word, displayed in a fixed order, as mild, milder, mildest, less mild, least mild.
Origin of comparison
Examples from the Web for comparison
I enjoyed it, but thought it paled in comparison to their debut.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For comparison, inmates at high-security federal prisons cost about $34,000 per year on average, as of 2012.
I was quite specifically talking about the comparison between playing Heimdall on one day, and playing Mandela on the next.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle|Marlow Stern|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In comparison, “Ring Off” is almost jarring in its more cooled down, island vibe.Beyonce’s New “7/11” and “Ring Off” Will Give You Reason to Live (And Dance)|Kevin Fallon|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that pales in comparison to the biggest alteration—the ending.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler|Marlow Stern|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By comparison with it, the oat stocks shone pale and silvery.Prescott of Saskatchewan|Harold Bindloss
She desired to meet him for comparison's sake, and to criticize a popular hero.The Tragic Comedians, Complete|George Meredith
The psalmist dwells on the picture, reiterating the comparison in ver.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2|Alexander Maclaren
The repose of provincial life was hard to bear in comparison.Louis XIV and La Grande Mademoiselle|Arvede Barine
The chapters which fall within the line of our inquiry are based chiefly on a comparison between Western Europe and India.Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff