Definition of similitude in English:

similitude

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The quality or state of being similar to something.

    ‘Conrad uses a range of constructions which express or imply similitude’
    [count noun] ‘there is a striking similitude between the brother and sister’
    • ‘See Foucault on resemblance and similitude.’
    • ‘It is the perception of similitude (however mistaken) rather than its a priori accuracy that matters here.’
    • ‘This ‘moment’ implies nothing less than the emergence of a structure of similitude: animal or human bodies in here like ones out there.’
    • ‘Walsh should have mentioned the remarkable physiognomic similitude of Harris and Pollock.’
    • ‘In fact, much of what you'll see here smacks of similarity because it bears such a striking similitude to that sameness we saw from the same people in the same way some time ago.’
    • ‘The similitudes are opposed in equal number by contrasts.’
    • ‘The canvases authored by van Gogh and Gauguin never approached indistinguishability, let alone striking similitude.’
    • ‘To Dow, this avoidance of similitude is what raises the decorative - a term he thought should be dropped altogether - to the highest, most primary level of creation, that of pure expression.’
    • ‘Germ theory after 1880 subtly fed into this anxiety by vexing our notions of identity, depicting an invisible world with the power to enforce similitude and therefore to redraw the lines of community.’
    • ‘While it may seem like something out of science fiction, many insist clones would be naturally predisposed to such similitude, and caution that cloneish behavior would be evident in every facet of life.’
    • ‘The first of Boethius's four subdivisions was similitude, used of the case of the noun ‘animal’ said of both real human beings and pictured human beings.’
    • ‘The slow and deliberate steps of philosophers, here, if anywhere, are distinguished from the precipitate march of the vulgar, who, hurried on by the smallest similitude, are incapable of all discernment or consideration.’
    • ‘The difficulty of writing a good theatre play set in new reality was even greater given that the level of similitude to life that is allowed in a film would not work on the stage.’
    • ‘From a sociological point of view, it is therefore an expression of similitude of being, but also agency (the means to act) within a social technology.’
    • ‘The best work typically has been interested in class and race, with similitude and difference as always already present in the making of colonial orders the world over.’
    • ‘The music here is certainly exciting, but its exhilaration does a lot to mask the core similitude of these songs.’
    • ‘Part of this similitude has to do with the role of the state in matters of the church.’
    • ‘We do not consider all species differences or their combinations; rather, we focus on cases where species show similitude.’
    • ‘Richard Eyre summed it up well recently: cinema and television are mediums of similitude, and radio and the stage mediums of metaphor.’
    • ‘This similitude reveals the undeniable affinities between the two cultures, owing to the similar manner in which they perceive the sacred.’
    resemblance, similarity, likeness, sameness, similar nature, comparability, correspondence, comparison, analogy, parallel, parallelism, equivalence
    interchangeability, closeness, nearness, affinity, homogeneity, agreement, indistinguishability, uniformity
    community, kinship, relatedness
    semblance
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    1. 1.1archaic [count noun]A comparison between two things.
      • ‘As a step towards addressing these questions I would like to draw attention to another set of similitudes operative in ‘Loves Progress’: the monetary tropes linking value to love or desire.’
      • ‘In each case the similitude gives instruction about or illustrates an aspect of the kingdom.’
      • ‘Though full of similitudes and routine panegyrics, the book is valuable for its lack of originality and reflection of current views.’
      • ‘On what ‘table’, according to what grid of identities, similitudes, analogies, have we become accustomed to sort out so many different and similar things?’
      • ‘He further suggests that there are two types of parables: narrative parables (comparisons with narration) and similitudes (comparisons with ‘is like’ or ‘is as if’).’
    2. 1.2archaic [count noun]A person or thing resembling someone or something else.
      • ‘But might we not know a given thing through its similitude, without having first perceived it, if another being should reveal to us that this was its similitude?’
      • ‘Everyone agrees that he is a similitude of his father.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin similitudo, from similis like.

Pronunciation:

similitude

/sɪˈmɪlɪtjuːd/