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similitude

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Definition similarity in appearance, character or nature
  • People are drawn to communities of similitude.
  • the dream had too much similitude of the fact
    Daniel Defoe  --  The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • I believe fully that I am growing to resemble the devil—that the similitude is almost completed.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • ALAM AL-MITHAL: the mystical world of similitudes where all physical limitations are removed.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Having swallowed the butter, they played another game which chanced to be graceful: the fondling of Shri Krishna under the similitude of a child.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • With reverence be it spoken, the figure bore no slight similitude, both in garb and manner, to some grave divine of the New England churches.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • 106:20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • Let me complete my friend Lucifer's similitude of the classical concert.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • 'Is it not, my dear madam, the faint similitude of—'
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • In all these, however, and in every other similitude of life to the theatre, the resemblance hath been always taken from the stage only.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Thus, the sperm whale and the humpbacked whale, each has a hump; but there the similitude ceases.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But in his eyes, he continued—a tone of bored, weary conviction replacing his previous voluble delivery—the gentleman was already "in the similitude of a corpse."
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • One Universall name is imposed on many things, for their similitude in some quality, or other accident: And whereas a Proper Name bringeth to mind one thing onely; Universals recall any one of those many.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The general similitude of individuals, which renders any one of them taken separately an improper subject of poetry, allows poets to include them all in the same imagery, and to take a general survey of the people itself.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Among the chief of these causes is to be reckoned a principle which must be well known to those who have made any of the Arts the object of accurate reflection; I mean the pleasure which the mind derives from the perception of similitude in dissimilitude.
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • The points of similitude consist in the rivalship of power, applicable to both, and in the CONCENTRATION of large portions of the strength of the community into particular DEPOSITS, in one case at the disposal of individuals, in the other case at the disposal of political bodies.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Thee next they sang of all creation first, Begotten Son, Divine Similitude, In whose conspicuous countenance, without cloud Made visible, the Almighty Father shines, Whom else no creature can behold; on thee Impressed the effulgence of his glory abides, Transfused on thee his ample Spirit rests.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The mother herself—as if the red ignominy were so deeply scorched into her brain that all her conceptions assumed its form—had carefully wrought out the similitude, lavishing many hours of morbid ingenuity to create an analogy between the object of her affection and the emblem of her guilt and torture.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • About twelve days after, fearing lest I should lose my reckoning of time, nay, even forget the Sabbath days, for want of pen, ink, and paper, I carved with a knife upon a large post, in great letters; and set it up: in the similitude of a cross, on the seashore where I landed, I CAME ON SHORE, _Sept.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • A striking similitude between the brother and sister now first arrested my attention; and Usher, divining, perhaps, my thoughts, murmured out some few words from which I learned that the deceased and himself had been twins, and that sympathies of a scarcely intelligible nature had always existed between them.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher

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