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Borrowed from Old French comparison, from Latin compar?ti?, from compar?tus, perfect passive participle of compar?.
comparison (countable and uncountable, plural comparisons)
- The act of comparing or the state or process of being compared.
to bring a thing into comparison with another; there is no comparison between them
2013 July 20, "Old soldiers?", in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
- Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine. The machine gun is so much more lethal than the bow and arrow that comparisons are meaningless.
- An evaluation of the similarities and differences of one or more things relative to some other or each-other.
He made a careful comparison of the available products before buying anything.
- (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Macaulay
- As sharp legal practitioners, no class of human beings can bear comparison with them.
- (Can we date this quote?) Richard Chenevix Trench
- The miracles of our Lord and those of the Old Testament afford many interesting points of comparison.
- "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. [...]"
- With a negation, the state of being similar or alike.
There really is no comparison between the performance of today's computers and those of a decade ago.
- (grammar) The ability of adjectives and adverbs to form three degrees, as in hot, hotter, hottest.
- That to which, or with which, a thing is compared, as being equal or like; illustration; similitude.
- Bible, Mark iv. 30
- Whereto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it?
- (rhetoric) A simile.
- (phrenology) The faculty of the reflective group which is supposed to perceive resemblances and contrasts.
Terms related to comparison
act of comparing or the state of being compared
- Latvian: sal?dzinana f, sal?dzin?jums m
- Lithuanian: lyginimas m
- Macedonian: f (spóredba)
- Maori: whakatairitenga
- Mongolian: (mn) (har?tsuulalt)
- Norman: compathaison f (Jersey)
- Norwegian: sammenligning
- Old English: wiþmetennes f
- Persian: (fa) (moqâyase/moqâyese), (fa) (ta?bih)
- Polish: porównanie (pl) n
- Portuguese: comparação (pt) f
- Romanian: compara?ie (ro) f
- Russian: ? (ru) n (sravnénije) (state), (ru) n (srávnivanije) (process)
- Cyrillic: n (Bosnia, Serbia), ? f (Bosnia, Croatia)
- Roman: pore?enje n (Bosnia, Serbia), ?sporedba (sh) f (Bosnia, Croatia)
- Slovak: porovnanie n
- Slovene: primerjava f
- Spanish: comparación (es) f
- Swedish: jämförelse (sv) c
- Tajik: ? (muqoyisa)
- Thai: (gaan-bprìiap-tîiap)
- Tibetan: ? ('gran bsdur), (mnyam bsdur), (dpe nyer 'jal), (dpe zla), ? (tshad sdur)
- Turkish: karla?t?rma (tr), mukayese (tr), salt?rma (tr)
- Ukrainian: n (porívnjannja)
- Uzbek: muqoyasa (uz)
- Vietnamese: s? so sánh (vi)
- Walloon: rimetaedje (wa)
evaluation of the similarities and differences of two (or more) things
state of being similar or alike
ability of adjectives and adverbs to form three degrees
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Translations to be checked
Borrowed from Latin compar?ti?.
comparison f (oblique plural comparisons, nominative singular comparison, nominative plural comparisons)
- comparison (instance of comparing two or more things)