Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Lack of resemblance; dissimilarity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being diverse or different; difference or variety.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of resemblance; unlikeness; dissimilarity.
  • n. A comparison by contrast; a dissimile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Unlikeness; want of resemblance; difference: as, a dissimilitude of form or character.
  • n. In rhetoric, a comparison by contrast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dissimilarity evidenced by an absence of likeness

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin dissimilitūdō, from dissimilis, different : dis-, dis- + similis, like; see similar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Latin dissimilitudo, from dissimilis ("unlike") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We were strangers to any species of disunion and dispute; for although there was a great dissimilitude in our characters, there was an harmony in that very dissimilitude.

    Chapter 1

  • The disparity could not be starker yet those who should be informing and defending cower like little girls, covering themselves in a shroud of self righteous evasion and dissimilitude.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • He called attention to the immense extent of territory comprehended within the limits of the United States, together with the variety of its climates, productions, and commerce, the difference of extent, and number of inhabitants in all; the dissimilitude of interest, morals, and policies ....

    The Enlarged Republic—Then and Now

  • In goodness of heart, and in principles of piety, this exemplary couple was bound to each other by the most perfect unison of character, though in their tempers there was a contrast which had scarce the gradation of a single shade to smooth off its abrupt dissimilitude.

    Camilla

  • 'You are apprehensive, then, of some dissimilitude of character prejudicial to our future happiness?'

    Camilla

  • Like Descartes, Le Grand used the example of the sword wounding the body to illustrate the non-resemblance or dissimilitude of the relations between external objects and sensations, and sensations and ideas. (1694, p. 327)

    Antoine Le Grand

  • In other words, an instant repressor of any subversive initiatives the asymmetry is not between the United States and Venezuela, in which case we would speak of a sidereal dissimilitude of military options, but rather between the people and the Government.

    The fear factory (Castro in Venezuela)

  • The greatest part of physicians affirm, that this happens casually and fortuitously; for, when the sperm of the man and woman is too much refrigerated, then children carry a dissimilitude to their parents.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Empedocles says, that the similitude of children to their parents proceeds from the vigorous prevalency of the generating sperm; the dissimilitude from the evaporation of the natural heat it contains.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • The dissimilitude between the terms “civil marriage” and “civil union” is not innocuous; it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status.

    Why Marriage Matters

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