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[lahyk-nis] /ˈlaɪk nɪs/
a representation, picture, or image, especially a portrait:
to draw a good likeness of Churchill.
the state or fact of being like:
I can't get over your likeness to my friend.
the semblance or appearance of something; guise:
to assume the likeness of a swan.
Origin of likeness
before 950; Middle English liknesse, Old English līcnes, variant of gelīcnes. See alike, -ness
2. resemblance, similitude. 3. shape, form. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for likeness
  • The image is a digitally produced likeness, not a photograph.
  • He is able to transform himself to anyone's likeness.
  • Unhappily, they made all their characters in their own likeness.
  • He understood that images would connect him to the electorate and also that people would read character from likeness.
  • But they do not apply if the likeness is considered art.
  • Instead, the case hinges on privacy, the right of people not to have their likeness used in an ad without permission.
  • He throws it to the ground in a frenzy, hacking at it with quick strokes to delineate its likeness.
  • Anatomy of a scientific bag of tricks to conjure up the likeness of an unknown face.
British Dictionary definitions for likeness


the condition of being alike; similarity
a painted, carved, moulded, or graphic image of a person or thing
an imitative appearance; semblance
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Word Origin and History for likeness

Old English (Northumbrian) licnes "likeness, similarity; figure, statue, image," shortened from gelicness; see like (adj.) + -ness.

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