One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A counterpart or equal to someone.‘there was Dodge, her semblable, her conspirator’
- ‘Understood in the neo-Scholastic sense, the mold represents the infinitely reproducible semblables.’
- ‘His self-analysis in paint draws us in as analysts who are also, as Baudelaire would have put it, his semblables, his spiritual kin.’
Middle English (as an adjective meaning ‘like, similar’): from Old French, from sembler ‘seem’.
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