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Pronunciation:  kum'parisun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  examining resemblances or differences
  2. [n]  qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"
  3. [n]  relation based on similarities and differences

COMPARISON is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: comparability, compare, comparing, equivalence
 See Also: alikeness, analogy, collation, confrontation, contrast, examination, imaginative comparison, likeness, likening, relation, scrutiny, similitude



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*par"i*son\ (? or ?), n. [F. comparaison, L.
    comparatio. See 1st {Compare}.]
    1. The act of comparing; an examination of two or more
       objects with the view of discovering the resemblances or
       differences; relative estimate.
             As sharp legal practitioners, no class of human
             beings can bear comparison with them. --Macaulay.
             The miracles of our Lord and those of the Old
             Testament afford many interesting points of
             comparison.                           --Trench.
    2. The state of being compared; a relative estimate; also, a
       state, quality, or relation, admitting of being compared;
       as, to bring a thing into comparison with another; there
       is no comparison between them.
    3. That to which, or with which, a thing is compared, as
       being equal or like; illustration; similitude.
             Whereto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with
             what comparison shall we compare it?  --Mark iv. 30.
    4. (Gram.) The modification, by inflection or otherwise,
       which the adjective and adverb undergo to denote degrees
       of quality or quantity; as, little, less, least, are
       examples of comparison.
    5. (Rhet.) A figure by which one person or thing is compared
       to another, or the two are considered with regard to some
       property or quality, which is common to them both; e.g.,
       the lake sparkled like a jewel.
    6. (Phren.) The faculty of the reflective group which is
       supposed to perceive resemblances and contrasts.
    {Beyond comparison}, so far superior as to have no likeness,
       or so as to make comparison needless.
    {In comparison of}, {In comparison with}, as compared with;
       in proportion to. [Archaic] ``So miserably unpeopled in
       comparison of what it once was.'' --Addison.
    {Comparison of hands} (Law), a mode of proving or disproving
       the genuineness of a signature or writing by comparing it
       with another proved or admitted to be genuine, in order to
       ascertain whether both were written by the same person.
       --Bouvier. --Burrill.
  2. \Com*par"i*son\, v. t.
    To compare. [Obs.] --Wyclif.
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