similitude

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From Old French.

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Noun[edit]

similitude (countable and uncountable, plural similitudes)

  1. (uncountable) Similarity or resemblance to something else.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 21345056, page 150:
      So am I tossed on the ebbing tide of life—now in sunshine, now in shade—seemingly free, yet, in reality, fettered by the strong, though slight chain of circumstance. For a small sum, any passenger may enter that boat and direct its course; and here again is similitude. I am at the beck of others.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 67, The Renaissance Episteme (Totem Books, Icon Books; →ISBN
      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
      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.
    • 1852, 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.

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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

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