Resemblance Re*sem"blance (-blans), n. [Cf. F. ressemblance. See {Resemble}.] 1. The quality or state of resembling; likeness; similitude; similarity. [1913 Webster]

One main end of poetry and painting is to please; they bear a great resemblance to each other. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. That which resembles, or is similar; a representation; a likeness. [1913 Webster]

These sensible things, which religion hath allowed, are resemblances formed according to things spiritual. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

3. A comparison; a simile. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

4. Probability; verisimilitude. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Likeness; similarity; similitude; semblance; representation; image. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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