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similitude

[si-mil-i-tood, -tyood] /sɪˈmɪl ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
likeness; resemblance:
a similitude of habits.
2.
a person or thing that is like or the match or counterpart of another:
This expression is a similitude of the other.
3.
semblance; image:
a similitude of the truth.
4.
a likening or comparison in the form of a simile, parable, or allegory:
He spoke by similitudes.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin similitūdō likeness, equivalent to simili(s) similar + -tūdō -tude
Related forms
nonsimilitude, noun
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  • Friends are often chosen for similitude of manners, and therefore each palliates the other's failings because they are his own.
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British Dictionary definitions for similitude

similitude

/sɪˈmɪlɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
likeness; similarity
2.
a thing or sometimes a person that is like or the counterpart of another
3.
(archaic) a simile, allegory, or parable
Word Origin
C14: from Latin similitūdō, from similis like
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Word Origin and History for similitude
n.

late 14c., from Old French similitude "similarity, relationship, comparison" (13c.) and directly from Latin similitudinem (nominative similitudo) "likeness, resemblance," from similis "like" (see similar).

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