Definition of dissimilitude in English:



mass nounformal
  • Dissimilarity or diversity.

    • ‘We shall need to learn how to appreciate anew that ‘manifold and yet harmonious dissimilitude’ that characterizes the people of God on earth.’
    • ‘The major dissimilitude in this description is between highly conventional notions of essential masculine and feminine attributes.’
    • ‘The dissimilitude is so striking, that the utmost you can here pretend to is a guess, a conjecture, a presumption concerning a similar cause; and how that pretension will be received in the world, I leave you to consider.’
    • ‘‘The dissimilitude between the terms ‘civil marriage’ and ‘civil union’ is not innocuous: it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual couples to second-class status.’
    • ‘The worlds which we see - with all their properties of immensity, resemblance, and dissimilitude - result from the endless multiplicity of falling atoms.’
    • ‘Now there is a compelling formulation of the principle of Anglican comprehensiveness - ‘manifold and yet harmonious dissimilitude’!’
    • ‘Resemblance among objects of the same kind, and dissimilitude among objects of different kinds, are too obvious and familiar to gratify our curiosity in any degree:’
    • ‘Apart from the matter of a wide dissimilitude of pieties, the task was complicated by somewhat different understandings of the role of hymns in worship.’
    dissimilarity, difference, differences, variance, variation, diversity, heterogeneity, disparateness, disparity, distinctness, distinction, contrast, non-uniformity, incomparability, incongruity, polarity
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Late Middle English: from Latin dissimilitudo, from dissimilis ‘unlike’, from dis- (expressing reversal) + similis ‘like, similar’.