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lifelike

[lahyf-lahyk] /ˈlaɪfˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
resembling or simulating real life:
a lifelike portrait.
Origin of lifelike
1605-1615
1605-15; life + -like
Related forms
lifelikeness, noun
unlifelike, adjective
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  • The picture of the sheep was so lifelike that the great man asked the boy, Giotto, to go with him and become an artist.

  • The very atmosphere is tremulous with the sounds, lifelike and joyous as they are!

  • The foot-notes describing the habits, etc., of the originals of the lifelike illustrations will be found exceedingly interesting.

    The First Capture Harry Castlemon
  • The beast perched upon the edge of the bowl was so lifelike.

  • He drew his wolf with a lifelike accuracy, inspired by the memory of those long, cold hours under a winter moon.

  • But they were so lifelike in their subdued color in the shade that he was for a moment startled.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • This thing has been born, not manufactured: nor has any portrait that is lifelike been drawn without some model.

    Among Famous Books John Kelman
British Dictionary definitions for lifelike

lifelike

/ˈlaɪfˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
closely resembling or representing life
Derived Forms
lifelikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lifelike
adj.

1610s, "likely to live," from life (n.) + like (adj.). Meaning "exactly like the living original" is from 1725.

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