similitude

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

s&-'mi-l&-"tüd, -"tyüd

Etymology[edit]

From Old French similitude.

Noun[edit]

similitude (countable and uncountable, plural similitudes)

  1. (uncountable) Similarity or resemblance to something else.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 67, The Renaissance Episteme (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
      Renaissance man thought in terms of similitudes: the theatre of life, the mirror of nature. […]
      Aemulation was similitude within distance: the sky resembled a face because it had “eyes” — the sun and moon.
  2. (countable) A way in which two people or things share similitude.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 67, The Renaissance Episteme (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
      Renaissance man thought in terms of 'similitudes': the theatre of life, the mirror of nature. […]
      Aemulation was similitude within distance: the sky resembled a face because it had “eyes” — the sun and moon.
  3. (countable) Someone or something that closely resembles another; a duplicate or twin.
    • Wilkie Collins, Nine O'Clock!
      If I was certain of anything in the world, I was certain that I had seen my brother in the study — nay, more, had touched him, — and equally certain that I had seen his double — his exact similitude, in the garden.
  4. A parable or allegory.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XIII:
      And he spake many thynges to them in similitudes, sayinge: Beholde, the sower wentt forth to sowe, And as he sowed, some fell by the wayes side [...].

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin similitūdinem, accusative singular of similitūdō (likeness, similitude); from similis.

Noun[edit]

similitude f (plural similitudes)

  1. similitude