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comparison

[kuh m-par-uh-suh n] /kəmˈpær ə sən/
noun
1.
the act of comparing.
2.
the state of being compared.
3.
a likening; illustration by similitude; comparative estimate or statement.
4.
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.
5.
capability of being compared or likened.
6.
Grammar.
  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.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English comparesoun < Old French comparaison < Latin comparātiōn- (stem of comparātiō). See compare, -ation
Related forms
intercomparison, noun
precomparison, noun
recomparison, noun
Synonyms
5. likeness, resemblance, similarity.
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British Dictionary definitions for recomparison

comparison

/kəmˈpærɪsən/
noun
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 recomparison

comparison

n.

mid-14c., from Old French comparaison (12c.), from Latin comparationem (nominative comparatio), noun of action from past participle stem of comparare "make equal with, liken, bring together for a contest," literally "to couple together, to form in pairs," from com- "with" (see com-) + parare "prepare" (see pare).

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