noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French comparison, from Latin comparation-, comparatio, from comparare Date: 14th century 1. the act or process of comparing: as a. the representing of one thing or person as similar to or like another b. an examination of two or more items to establish similarities and dissimilarities <
his faults seem minor by comparison
2. identity of features ; similarity <
several points of comparison between the two
3. the modification of an adjective or adverb to denote different levels of quality, quantity, or relation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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