مثل

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the root م ث ل (m-ṯ-l). Cognate with Hebrew מָשָׁל (mashál, proverb, allegory).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

مَثَلَ (maṯala) I, imperfect يَمْثُلُ‎ (yamṯulu)

  1. to resemble, to look like
  2. to imitate, to copy
  3. to compare, to liken
  4. to represent, to mean, to signify
  5. to appear before
  6. to present oneself
  7. to stand
  8. to come forth, to come forward, to enter, to appear

Conjugation[edit]

Verb[edit]

مَثَّلَ (maṯṯala) II, imperfect يُمَثِّلُ‎ (yumaṯṯilu)

  1. to make to resemble, to make to look like
  2. to make similar, to make analogous
  3. to assimilate
  4. to quote as example
  5. to compare, to liken
  6. to punish severely, to treat harshly
  7. to maim, to mutilate

Conjugation[edit]

Noun[edit]

مِثْلٌ (miṯlm (plural أَمْثَالٌ (ʾamṯāl))

  1. something similar
  2. resemblance, similarity, likeness
  3. image
  4. equivalent

Noun[edit]

مَثَلٌ (maṯalm (plural أَمْثَالٌ (ʾamṯāl))

  1. likeness
  2. metaphore, simile, parable
  3. proverb, adage
  4. example
  5. lesson
  6. ideal, model

Noun[edit]

مُثُلٌ (muṯul)

  1. plural form of مثال
  2. plural form of مثيل

Preposition[edit]

مِثْلَ (miṯla)

  1. similar to, like, as, just as

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Persian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Arabic مثل (máθal).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Dari مثل
Iranian Persian مثل
Tajik масал (masal)

مثل (masal)

  1. proverb
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic مثل (miθl).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Dari مثل
Iranian Persian مثل
Tajik мисл (misl)

مثل (mesl)

  1. resemblance, similarity

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

مثل (mesl-e)

  1. like
    مثل تو نیستم.
    Mesl-e to nistam.
    I'm not like you.
    چرا می‌خوای مثل من حرف بزنی؟
    Čerâ mi-xây mesl-e man harf bezani?
    Why do you want to talk like me?
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