from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being lifelike; simulation of real life.


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  • It must feel exactly like life, must exhibit not, as he puts it, "lifelikeness" but "lifeness: life on the page."

    Powell's Books: Overview

  • Only one remained and that was Judas, whose baseness no citizen of Milan seemed to wear on his face, and to whom Leonardo began to despair of giving the absolute lifelikeness that was vital to his conception.

    The same man was the model for Jesus Christ and Judas

  • Even when the quality to be valued is objectively there—coherence, clarity, accuracy or lifelikeness, what have you—its achievement is distinguished from the recognition of it, and from the even later claim that the quality is valuable.

    Good, better, best

  • What strikes me about the Clouet portraits is the amazing detail and lifelikeness of the depictions.

    Sixteenth Century Facebook

  • This distaste for not-quite-there lifelikeness is what causes me to assert that "The Polar Express" is a horror movie.

    August 2006

  • Also, because few game features are devoted to simulating the avatar lifelikeness in eve-o, imagination and 'shared hallucination' are left free to fill the gaps.

    Cockpit of your avatar

  • The single scenes and pictures which Boswell has given us will all of them bear close scrutiny for their precision, their economy of means, their lifelikeness, their artistic effect.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • In his later plays Marlowe makes gains in this respect, but he never arrives at full easy mastery and trenchantly convincing lifelikeness either in characterization, in presentation of action, or in fine poetic finish.

    A History of English Literature

  • Faerie Queene 'does not aim at intense lifelikeness -- a certain remoteness from the actual is one of its chief attractions.

    A History of English Literature

  • You cannot ignore it, vitality bursts from it, and everything seems sacrificed to this quality of striking lifelikeness.

    The Practice and Science of Drawing


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