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1 similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things; "man created God in his own likeness" [syn: alikeness, similitude] [ant: unlikeness, unlikeness]
2 picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing [syn: semblance]

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From licnes shortening of gelicness.


  1. The state or quality of being like or alike; similitude; resemblance; similarity.
  2. Appearance or form; guise.
    An enemy in the likeness of a friend.
  3. That which closely resembles; a portrait.
    How he looked, the likenesses of him which still remain enable us to imagine.


  • Genesis, I, 26
    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.


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