Definition of similarity in English:



  • 1The state or fact of being similar:

    ‘the similarity of symptoms makes them hard to diagnose’
    • ‘Given the similarity of the attacks, police suspected that a single individual was responsible.’
    • ‘In fact, the similarity is so compelling that D'Arcy has no business attempting a denial.’
    • ‘The similarity of this vision with the events of the Paris Commune is clear.’
    • ‘But there was such an overall similarity to his home town that the man felt he must have suffered some sort of breakdown.’
    • ‘An even more perfect fit is the similarity of attitudes to women between the two times.’
    • ‘The similarity of the attacks has stunned the family who had believed the person responsible for the murder had been detained.’
    • ‘She discovered her similarity to Nadine when she was shown on television auditioning for the show.’
    • ‘The similarity of the two fires suggests the possibility of malicious intent.’
    • ‘Although both terrorism and communism are radical in nature, the similarity stops there.’
    • ‘Any similarity to a real person with the initials M and M is entirely intentional.’
    • ‘In fact theirs is very much a superficial similarity, based on prodigious talent and youth more than anything else.’
    • ‘This reference probably comes from the similarity of the word llama to the word lamer.’
    • ‘Tonight's thought is on the nature of politics and its similarity to another line of work.’
    • ‘This is because of the close similarity in appearance.’
    • ‘The essential similarity is that both men are lawyers more than they are liars.’
    • ‘Any similarity to real persons or institutions is unintentional, say the credits at the end.’
    • ‘Three of the blighters appeared in the past week, and the similarity of the respective plots was striking.’
    • ‘Most of my friends were Liberal Arts Majors, but there the similarity ended.’
    • ‘Except for a vague similarity in the themes, there is nothing in common to them.’
    • ‘The facts of that case bore a striking similarity to those of the present one.’
    similar nature, likeness, sameness, comparability, correspondence, agreement, alignment, parallel, parallelism, closeness, affinity
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1usually similarities A similar feature or aspect:
      ‘the similarities between people of different nationalities’
      • ‘The similarities between the two end there, and it is the difference which will make people watch.’
      • ‘On her third visit to India now, Nilofer is struck by the similarities between Lahore and Delhi.’
      • ‘And he sees plenty of similarities between his last job and his new role, which will be based in Rivington.’
      • ‘Looking back now, it was a strange choice, as the only similarity between the two animals was that they were dogs.’
      • ‘In fact, it is said that the only similarity he has with Anwar is that both come from Penang State in the north.’
      • ‘There were here certain obvious similarities on the facts to the case of Dodd.’
      • ‘On first encounter you are, of course, struck by the very obvious physical similarities between the twins.’
      • ‘He finds similarities between himself and the theme of Faust being in love with work and progress.’
      • ‘But he does think that the similarities between the two countries outweigh the differences.’
      • ‘In this light, one may be surprised by some striking similarities between Islam and its two local forerunners.’
      • ‘Such research is valid and useful because of the genetic and physiological similarities between humans and apes.’
      • ‘The author spoke briefly about the similarities between Tamil and Japanese languages.’
      • ‘It was almost impossible for the similarities between birdsongs and music to be a coincidence.’
      • ‘I have also noticed some potential similarities between stone circles and marae.’
      • ‘I have discovered that there are many similarities between cycling and carpentry.’
      • ‘There are similarities between a lot of the assaults but we can't say for certain if they are connected.’
      • ‘Many cricketers turn to golf once their playing days are over because of certain similarities between the two sports.’
      • ‘For many observers there are big similarities between the two deals.’
      • ‘Besides recent good results, there are other similarities between the two teams.’
      • ‘There's certainly a wide range of similarities between the two designs.’
      resemblance, likeness, sameness, similar nature, similitude, comparability, correspondence, comparison, analogy, parallel, parallelism, equivalence
      interchangeability, closeness, nearness, affinity, homogeneity, agreement, indistinguishability, uniformity
      community, kinship, relatedness
      View synonyms