[kuh m-par-uh-suh n] /kəmˈpær ə sən/
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.
  1. the function of an adverb or adjective that is used to indicate degrees of superiority or inferiority in quality, quantity, or intensity.
  2. the patterns of formation involved therein.
  3. 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
Related forms
intercomparison, noun
precomparison, noun
recomparison, noun
5. likeness, resemblance, similarity.
Example Sentences for comparisons
Surely there are valid comparisons that can be made.
Previous comparisons of two- versus four-legged walking have produced inconclusive results.
Suggest that, as they read, students look for words that signal comparisons to help them better understand the story.
The salaries of state-employed professionals lag behind private sector peers when comparisons are made correctly.
However, the magazine has not yet revealed the methodology it will use to make comparisons.
His arguments and specious comparisons are bogus and not worth seriously entertaining, in my humble opinion.
Collective bargaining adheres to precedent and relies on comparisons to other unionized locales.
Comparisons such as these are interesting but not entirely fair.
She has had conversations with department chairs about how to interpret those comparisons.
It takes a considerable amount of knowledge to come up with meaningful kinds of comparisons.
British Dictionary definitions for comparisons
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 and History for comparisons
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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