Definition of likeness in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The fact or quality of being alike; resemblance.

    ‘her likeness to him was astonishing’
    [count noun] ‘a family likeness can be seen in all the boys’
    • ‘He might also be seen as an Incubus: the scene in the bedroom before Cathy's death seems to replace Linton's baby with one much closer in likeness to Heathcliff.’
    • ‘The songs themselves are fairly indistinguishable, aside from a few key drum fills and guitar parts, but ultimately, their likeness to each other is a good thing.’
    • ‘I said something about mind games, and he disowned any likeness to another guy that had made me think he was interested in me when he was just looking for a make-out buddy.’
    • ‘Apart from the apparent likeness to Harrison, who lost his battle with cancer in 2001, Nick feels his voice also bears a striking similarity to the late musician.’
    • ‘And although I don't see it myself, his likeness to the real thing is said to be so striking that he once stood in for the golfer in an American Express advert.’
    • ‘Every house was unique, but had the same likeness to it.’
    • ‘She grinned involuntarily, amused by his likeness to her high school maths teacher.’
    • ‘Perhaps Neruda's most endearing quality, aside from his self-professed likeness to a tapir, was his respect for poetry as an occupation.’
    • ‘Parental love is motivated by the child's intimate affinity and likeness to her.’
    • ‘Deleuze maintains that the father's punishing superego and genital sexuality are symbolically punished in the son, who must expiate his likeness to the father.’
    • ‘Gerry is philosophical about his legendary likeness to the wayward footy genius Bestie, which is a constant source of amusement to drinkers in Skelton.’
    • ‘Disappointingly, even though you can at times detect a family likeness to its genius predecessors, The IT Crowd's opening gambit suggests it could be the runt of the litter.’
    • ‘Reportedly, her look is especially popular among Asian businessmen, who are eager to use her likeness to advertise their products.’
    • ‘That the portraits of Beethoven did not bear much likeness to the composer could be deemed a deliberate transgression.’
    • ‘You too can add your face to the crowd by submitting your sketched likeness to the ever-growing collection.’
    • ‘It's odd though to be in a building with all of those faces, who for some reason or another have left their mark, who have become iconic enough for postcards of their likeness to be peddled to tourists.’
    • ‘Hence the name ‘crane's bill ’, so-called because of the plant's likeness to the bird's long, slender beak.’
    • ‘Judging from the past, we may safely infer that not one living species will transmit its unaltered likeness to a distant futurity.’
    • ‘Thus, in addition to their likeness to executives with options packages, pundits also closely resemble mutual fund managers, and the people who invest with them.’
    • ‘But according to your method of reasoning, these difficulties become all real; and perhaps will be insisted on, as new instances of likeness to human art and contrivance.’
    resemblance, similarity, alikeness, sameness, similitude, congruity, affinity, correspondence, analogy, parallelism, agreement, relationship, identity, identicalness, uniformity, conformity, equivalence
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    1. 1.1The semblance, guise, or outward appearance of.
      ‘humans are described as being made in God's likeness’
      • ‘On the one hand, for the religious mainstream, virginity during the Middle Ages was the sign of highest moral purity and devotion, in likeness to the virtue of the Virgin Mary.’
      • ‘But not only that and we can be certain of this-God not only tells us that He has made us in His own image and likeness and that we are responsible beings, He has told us how to live.’
      • ‘They belong to us because we are created by God, in His image and likeness.’
      • ‘But, according to the Church's reasoning, the greatness of man lies not in his likeness to the created world but in the fact that he is created according to the image of the Creator of nature.’
      • ‘We have already remarked on one of these: their likeness to God and to the universe of beings - a property shared by no other creatures.’
      • ‘For the man born without sin dwells among us as a man, not neglecting our humanity, because we too are human beings endowed with the breath of life, made after his image and likeness.’
      • ‘Honda honors its commitment to society by casting the 2001 Civic in the image and likeness of its predecessor.’
      • ‘This principle is enshrined in Genesis, Chapter One, where we are taught that God made humanity in His own image and likeness as microcosm and mediator.’
      • ‘Creator - and on the seventh day he rested from his work of creating - then those he created in his image and likeness would also be creative beings.’
      • ‘How much more can I rejoice, I who am made in your image and likeness?’
      • ‘God created us in his own likeness and his own image, hence, it is quite obvious that He knows our strengths and our weaknesses.’
      • ‘Just as we have often made God in our own image and likeness, we now may run the risk of being shaped by machines we have created.’
      • ‘The argument begins with human nature, made, according to Genesis, in the image and likeness of God.’
      • ‘Finally, he notices that the central of the three circles is painted with la nostra effige, our human image and likeness.’
      • ‘Christianity presumes that we are creatures made in the image and likeness of God, destined for communion with God.’
      • ‘The first mission of you women is to remake yourself in the image and likeness of the Divine Female Principle, the female aspect of God.’
      • ‘Others nearly as qualified spoke of his obsession with the single tax, and how he had discovered a ‘physical and temperamental likeness to Jesus Christ’ in himself!’
      • ‘As a result we acquire some likeness to the Father and the Creator of all.’
      • ‘From the very beginning, he wanted a people who would welcome him into their hearts and yield to him as he shaped them into his likeness.’
      • ‘One says that our rights come by virtue of our humanity because we are created in God's image and likeness.’
      semblance, guise, appearance, outward form, form, shape, image, aspect, character, mien
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    2. 1.2[count noun]A portrait or representation.
      ‘the only known likeness of Dorothy as a young woman’
      • ‘Most Protestants only get as far as calling Catholic statues and icons a likeness.’
      • ‘Except for a few publicity shots, any other pictures and likenesses of me as result from that show were specifically not included in the contract.’
      • ‘Deploying his amazing deductive powers on crude earlier representations he elicited a likeness which the Emperor sharply recognised.’
      • ‘You are hereby placed on notice that Paisley Park retains proprietary rights in the names, images, likenesses and performances of Prince.’
      • ‘The kids were beginning to see that a portrait is not just a drawing depicting a likeness.’
      • ‘His fluency and ability to get a likeness produced portraits of inimitable ease in which things that move or flutter - faces, shawls, skirts, hair - are wonderfully realised.’
      • ‘And while it is true that Frank Auerbach's portraits are not likenesses in any conventional sense, that is probably the least significant fact about them.’
      • ‘Swiss actor, Bruno Ganz, portrays Hitler, and is said to achieve a photographic likeness of the stooped, 56-year-old dictator, who was plagued by Parkinson's disease.’
      • ‘The resulting images are not only likenesses of the models but also represent their temporary physical presence.’
      • ‘In the Arena chapel's image of Enrico presenting a model of his chapel to the Virgin Mary, Giotto provides us with one of the first true portrait likenesses of a patron in an essentially traditional, supplicant, role.’
      • ‘The figures, made out of wax, portray incredible likenesses of the highly revered monks.’
      • ‘Combining text with a sculptured likeness and appropriate symbols in an everlasting material, medals could be distributed widely for lasting glory.’
      • ‘Among the likenesses are a photo of Duchamp in blurry profile, and, in mesmerizing frontality, Gerhard Richter's painting of the physicist James Franck, in a work Lawler titles White Gloves.’
      • ‘The images reproduce contemporary photographs, while the likenesses of historical figures like Nitti, Capone and Ness are copied exactly.’
      • ‘Thus a portrait of William Pitt the Younger, undertaken as a faithful likeness, portrayed the prime minister with an overly sharp nose.’
      • ‘On the other hand the photographer in a similar two dimensional format, sets out to portray a likeness of the sitter within an arbitrary moment.’
      • ‘We have excellent representations of him, a bust by Torrigiano, a portrait by Sittow, a remarkable death mask, coinage likenesses, and a realistic tomb effigy.’
      • ‘Arguably, there are portraits that are likenesses and those that are not, but likeness often recedes into or melds with a more complex visual, ideological, and even magical and transhistorical body a nd self.’
      • ‘Thus I can offer to produce expressive, characteristic likenesses that completely represent the nature of the subject.’
      • ‘A Beijing liquor company has applied for trademark registration on a triangular logo made up of likenesses of Japanese Emperors Hirohito and Akihito and crown prince Naruhito.’
      representation, image, depiction, portrayal, delineation, profile
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Old English gelīknes (see alike, -ness).