Definition of likeness in English:

likeness

noun

  • 1The fact or quality of being alike; resemblance.

    ‘her likeness to him was astonishing’
    ‘a family likeness can be seen among all the boys’
    • ‘That the portraits of Beethoven did not bear much likeness to the composer could be deemed a deliberate transgression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hence the name ‘crane's bill ’, so-called because of the plant's likeness to the bird's long, slender beak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Judging from the past, we may safely infer that not one living species will transmit its unaltered likeness to a distant futurity.’
    • ‘Gerry is philosophical about his legendary likeness to the wayward footy genius Bestie, which is a constant source of amusement to drinkers in Skelton.’
    • ‘She grinned involuntarily, amused by his likeness to her high school maths teacher.’
    • ‘Every house was unique, but had the same likeness to it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You too can add your face to the crowd by submitting your sketched likeness to the ever-growing collection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps Neruda's most endearing quality, aside from his self-professed likeness to a tapir, was his respect for poetry as an occupation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Reportedly, her look is especially popular among Asian businessmen, who are eager to use her likeness to advertise their products.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Parental love is motivated by the child's intimate affinity and likeness to her.’
    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’
      • ‘God created us in his own likeness and his own image, hence, it is quite obvious that He knows our strengths and our weaknesses.’
      • ‘Honda honors its commitment to society by casting the 2001 Civic in the image and likeness of its predecessor.’
      • ‘Finally, he notices that the central of the three circles is painted with la nostra effige, our human image and 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.’
      • ‘One says that our rights come by virtue of our humanity because we are created in God's image and likeness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The argument begins with human nature, made, according to Genesis, in the image and likeness of God.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How much more can I rejoice, I who am made in your image and likeness?’
      • ‘Christianity presumes that we are creatures made in the image and likeness of God, destined for communion with God.’
      • ‘As a result we acquire some likeness to the Father and the Creator of all.’
      • ‘They belong to us because we are created by God, in His image and likeness.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A portrait or representation.
      ‘the only known likeness of Dorothy as a young woman’
      • ‘The images reproduce contemporary photographs, while the likenesses of historical figures like Nitti, Capone and Ness are copied exactly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus I can offer to produce expressive, characteristic likenesses that completely represent the nature of the subject.’
      • ‘Most Protestants only get as far as calling Catholic statues and icons a likeness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The resulting images are not only likenesses of the models but also represent their temporary physical presence.’
      • ‘Deploying his amazing deductive powers on crude earlier representations he elicited a likeness which the Emperor sharply recognised.’
      • ‘The figures, made out of wax, portray incredible likenesses of the highly revered monks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You are hereby placed on notice that Paisley Park retains proprietary rights in the names, images, likenesses and performances of Prince.’
      • ‘Combining text with a sculptured likeness and appropriate symbols in an everlasting material, medals could be distributed widely for lasting glory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus a portrait of William Pitt the Younger, undertaken as a faithful likeness, portrayed the prime minister with an overly sharp nose.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The kids were beginning to see that a portrait is not just a drawing depicting a likeness.’

Origin

Old English gelīknes (see alike, -ness).

Pronunciation:

likeness

/ˈlīknəs/