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similitude

[si-mil-i-tood, -tyood]
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noun
  1. likeness; resemblance: a similitude of habits.
  2. a person or thing that is like or the match or counterpart of another: This expression is a similitude of the other.
  3. semblance; image: a similitude of the truth.
  4. a likening or comparison in the form of a simile, parable, or allegory: He spoke by similitudes.
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Origin of similitude

1325–75; Middle English < Latin similitūdō likeness, equivalent to simili(s) similar + -tūdō -tude
Related formsnon·si·mil·i·tude, noun
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Examples from the Web for similitude

Historical Examples

  • But Jabez had not forgotten the similitude of the swine ring.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • There was a similitude in their genius and in their sufferings.

  • What is the similitude then between the beauties of sense and that beauty which is divine?

  • For if there be any similitude the respective objects must be similar.

  • Who ever yet hath seen it, who has heard of the similitude of it?

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.


British Dictionary definitions for similitude

similitude

noun
  1. likeness; similarity
  2. a thing or sometimes a person that is like or the counterpart of another
  3. archaic a simile, allegory, or parable
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin similitūdō, from similis like
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Word Origin and History for similitude

n.

late 14c., from Old French similitude "similarity, relationship, comparison" (13c.) and directly from Latin similitudinem (nominative similitudo) "likeness, resemblance," from similis "like" (see similar).

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