Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state, quality, or fact of being like; resemblance.
  • noun A similar appearance; a semblance.
  • noun A pictorial, graphic, or sculptured representation of something; an image.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being like or alike; the relation of two or more objects which agree in respect to some quality; similitude; similarity; resemblance.
  • noun That which resembles something else; an express representation or copy; an effigy; especially, a portrait of a person, or a representation of an animal or other object.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being like; similitude; resemblance; similarity.
  • noun Appearance or form; guise.
  • noun That which closely resembles; a portrait.
  • noun obsolete A comparison; parable; proverb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or quality of being like or alike; similitude; resemblance; similarity.
  • noun Appearance or form; guise.
  • noun That which closely resembles; a portrait.
  • verb archaic, transitive To depict.

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

  • noun picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
  • noun similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

like +‎ -ness; from Old English licnes, a shortening of gelicness. The verb is derived from the noun.

Examples

  • It sets up a connection between two centres -- man and God -- which can only be connected because of a fundamental likeness subsisting between them; but the _likeness_ is not

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  • As though he had said, "All these other creatures are your property, designed for your use -- they have the likeness of earth, they perish with the using, and their spirits go downward; but this other being, MAN, has my own _likeness_; IN THE IMAGE OF GOD made I man; an intelligent, moral, immortal agent, invited to all that I can give and he can be."

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  • As though he had said, "All these other creatures are your property, designed for your use -- they have the likeness of earth, they perish with the using, and their spirits go downward; but this other being, MAN, has my own _likeness_; IN THE IMAGE OF GOD made I man; an intelligent, moral, immortal agent, invited to all that I can give and he can be."

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  • We shall find that they originate by the perfecting of this same idea of likeness; that they have their rise in that conception of _complete likeness_ which, as we have seen, necessarily results from the continued process of classification.

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  • So I determined I would not send it, indeed, I promised them I would not send it; but, notwithstanding, as I know Miss Russell will be good enough to comply with my conditions, I will send it directly; for, as it is a good likeness, every one except the family knowing it instantly, and Mr. Allston saying that it is a _very strong likeness_, it will on that account be a gratification to her.

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  • Is that a photo of Lily because the likeness is astonishing!

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  • The next thing was a piece of paper; he dived his hand down into another pocket, producing a rusty knife, pieces of string, a chestnut or two, and, finally, a crumpled piece of paper on which Bob Turner had scrawled what he called a likeness of Mr. Burrows, and given to Tip for a keepsake.

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  • Maybe that†™ s why it kind of bothers me that Reeve†™ s likeness is being used here.

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  • She has also become a popular Halloween costume for people, in which her likeness is replicated on Facebook fan pages and on Flickr.

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  • Now that might be because honestly how many creative ways can an aircraft carrier in space be filmed, but, the likeness is uncanny.

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  • simulation, reflection

    July 22, 2009