Comparison



[kuh m-par-uh-suh n] /kəmˈpær ə sən/

noun
1.
the act of comparing.
2.
the state of being compared.
3.
a likening; illustration by similitude; comparative estimate or statement.
4.
Rhetoric. the considering of two things with regard to some characteristic that is common to both, as the likening of a hero to a lion in courage.
5.
capability of being compared or likened.
6.
Grammar.

/kəmˈpærɪsən/
noun
1.
the act or process of comparing
2.
the state of being compared
3.
comparable quality or qualities; likeness: there was no comparison between them
4.
a rhetorical device involving comparison, such as a simile
5.
(grammar) Also called degrees of comparison. the listing of the positive, comparative, and superlative forms of an adjective or adverb
6.
bear comparison, stand comparison, to be sufficiently similar in class or range to be compared with (something else), esp favourably
n.

mid-14c., from Old French comparaison (12c.), from Latin comparationem (nominative comparatio), noun of action from past participle stem of comparare “make equal with, liken, bring together for a contest,” literally “to couple together, to form in pairs,” from com- “with” (see com-) + parare “prepare” (see pare).

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