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Origin of resemblance

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to resembl(er) to resemble + -ance -ance
Related formsnon·re·sem·blance, nounpre·re·sem·blance, noun

Synonyms for resemblance

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1. Resemblance, similarity imply that there is a likeness between two or more people or things. Resemblance indicates primarily a likeness in appearance, either a striking one or one which merely serves as a reminder to the beholder: The boy has a strong resemblance to his father. Similarity may imply a surface likeness, but usually suggests also a likeness in other characteristics: There is a similarity in their tastes and behavior. 2. analogy, similitude. 3. image.

Antonyms for resemblance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of resemblance

Historical Examples of resemblance

  • There was, indeed, a resemblance in their size and persons, which favoured the delusion.

  • Mr. Rockefeller did not discover the hog, but it is considered his by right of resemblance.

  • Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

  • He was studying the resemblance between Arabic and English words.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • There were many points of resemblance between Altamont and Hatteras, but no affinities.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

British Dictionary definitions for resemblance


  1. the state or quality of resembling; likeness or similarity in nature, appearance, etc
  2. the degree or extent to which or the respect in which a likeness exists
  3. something resembling something else; semblance; likeness
Derived Formsresemblant, adjective
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Word Origin and History for resemblance

late 14c., from Anglo-French resemblance (c.1300), from Old French resembler (see resemble) + -ance.

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