1. noun
a) The state or quality of being like or alike; similitude; resemblance; similarity.

An enemy in the likeness of a friend.

b) Appearance or form; guise.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

See Also: like
2. verb
To depict.

I have this morning received the photographs of my two boys. The eldest is very well likenessed: the other, perhaps, not so well.

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