the act of comparing.
the state of being compared.
a likening; illustration by similitude; comparative estimate or statement.
Rhetoric. the considering of two things with regard to some characteristic that is common to both, as the likening of a hero to a lion in courage.
capability of being compared or likened.
the function of an adverb or adjective that is used to indicate degrees of superiority or inferiority in quality, quantity, or intensity.
the patterns of formation involved therein.
the degrees of a particular word, displayed in a fixed order, as mild, milder, mildest, less mild, least mild.

1300–50; Middle English comparesoun < Old French comparaison < Latin comparātiōn- (stem of comparātiō). See compare, -ation

intercomparison, noun
precomparison, noun
recomparison, noun

5. likeness, resemblance, similarity. Unabridged
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comparison (kəmˈpærɪsən)
1.  the act or process of comparing
2.  the state of being compared
3.  comparable quality or qualities; likeness: there was no comparison between them
4.  a rhetorical device involving comparison, such as a simile
5.  grammar Also called: degrees of comparison the listing of the positive, comparative, and superlative forms of an adjective or adverb
6.  bear comparison, stand comparison to be sufficiently similar in class or range to be compared with (something else), esp favourably

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. comparaison, from L. comparationem, from pp. stem of comparare "make equal with, liken," lit. "to couple together, to form in pairs," from com- "with" + parare "to make equal."
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Example sentences
Hall, a diminutive village in comparison, actually has a bigger old center.
Comparison to modern birds provided the key to this puzzle.
Bailey used basic anatomical comparison to set the stage for his idea.
Maybe the more significant question should be a comparison of the safety of the
  two sports.
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