- a representation, picture, or image, especially a portrait: to draw a good likeness of Churchill.
- the state or fact of being like: I can't get over your likeness to my friend.
- the semblance or appearance of something; guise: to assume the likeness of a swan.
Origin of likeness
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2. resemblance, similitude. 3. shape, form.
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Examples from the Web for likeness
If her likeness on the billboard makes waves, why stop there?
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His likeness adorns the more expensive posters, calendars and tea towels inside the store.The Seedy Side of Sainthood: Was John Paul II Canonized Too Fast?
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She had gotten his likeness tattooed on her upper arm, and she raised her sleeve to show it to a reporter.Alphonza Bryant, the Slain Bronx Teen Who Did Everything Right
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Other demonstrators held up photos of Martin Luther King, Jr.—some wore masks of his likeness, too—and Frederick Douglas."Obama, Come Here To Hebron"
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There was the name and the likeness of a man far more familiar to many of them.Explorations in Australia
There seems to be some likeness in the positions of Paul and myself.Biography of a Slave
Addison has been less studied; and his likeness has consequently been less questioned.De Libris: Prose and Verse
The dissimilarity of the plays only accentuates the likeness of the two protagonists.
This is not altogether the fact, though I for one see no shame in acknowledging the likeness.
- the condition of being alike; similarity
- a painted, carved, moulded, or graphic image of a person or thing
- an imitative appearance; semblance
Word Origin and History for likeness
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