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com·par·i·son

 (kəm-păr′ĭ-sən)
n.
1.
a. The act of comparing or the process of being compared.
b. A statement or estimate of similarities and differences.
2. The quality of being similar or equivalent; likeness: no comparison between the two books.
3. Grammar The modification or inflection of an adjective or adverb to denote the positive, comparative, and superlative degrees, as in English, along with the equative degree in certain other languages, such as Irish Gaelic.

[Middle English comparisoun, from Old French comparaison, from Latin comparātiō, comparātiōn-, from comparātus, past participle of comparāre, to compare; see compare.]

comparison

(kəmˈpærɪsən)
n
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. (Rhetoric) a rhetorical device involving comparison, such as a simile
5. (Grammar) 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

com•par•i•son

(kəmˈpær ə sən)

n.
1. the act of comparing.
2. the state of being compared.
3. a likening; comparative estimate or statement.
4. capability of being compared or likened; similarity.
5. the inflection or other modification of an adjective or adverb to indicate degrees of superiority or inferiority in quality, quantity, or intensity, as in mild, milder, mildest, less mild, least mild.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French comparaison < Latin comparātiōnem, acc. of comparātiō. See compare]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comparison - the act of examining resemblancescomparison - the act of examining resemblances; "they made a comparison of noise levels"; "the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator"
examination, scrutiny - the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
likening - the act of comparing similarities
analogy - drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect; "the operation of a computer presents and interesting analogy to the working of the brain"; "the models show by analogy how matter is built up"
collation - careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement
confrontation - a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison
contrast - the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
2.comparison - relation based on similarities and differences
relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
imaginative comparison - the kind of mental comparison that is expressed in similes or metaphors or allegories
3.comparison - qualities that are comparablecomparison - qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"
alikeness, likeness, similitude - similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things; "man created God in his own likeness"

comparison

noun
1. contrast, distinction, differentiation, juxtaposition, collation There are no previous statistics for comparison.
2. similarity, analogy, resemblance, correlation, likeness, comparability There is no comparison between the picture quality of a video and that of a DVD.
Quotations
"Comparisons are odious" [John Fortescue De Laudibus Legum Angliae]
"Comparisons are odorous" [William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing]

comparison

noun
Translations
مُقَارَنَةمُقارَنَه
porovnánísrovnánístupňování
sammenligning
vertailusamankaltaisuussamanlaisuus
usporedba
összehasonlításfokozáshasonlóság
samanburîur
比較
비교
porovnanie
primerjava
jämförelse
การเปรียบเทียบ
karşılaştırmakıyaslama
sự so sánh

comparison

[kəmˈpærɪsn] N
1. (between things, people) → comparación f
there's no comparison (between them)no hay comparación (entre ellos), no se puede comparar (el uno con el otro)
in or by comparison (with)en comparación (con)
this one is large in comparisonéste es grande en comparación
to draw a comparisonestablecer una comparación
it will bear or stand comparison with the bestse puede comparar con los mejores
2. (Gram) → comparación f

comparison

[kəmˈpærɪsən] ncomparaison f
a comparison of sth and sth → une comparaison de qch avec qch, une comparaison entre qch et qch
in comparison, by comparison → en comparaison
in comparison with, by comparison with → en comparaison de, par rapport à
for comparison → pour comparaison
there is no comparison → il n'y a pas de comparaison possible
to stand comparison with sth, to bear comparison with sth → soutenir la comparaison avec qch

comparison

n
Vergleich m(to mit); in or by comparisonvergleichsweise; in or by comparison withim Vergleich zu; to make or draw a comparisoneinen Vergleich anstellen; to bear or stand comparisoneinem Vergleich standhalten, einen Vergleich aushalten; there’s no comparisondas ist gar kein Vergleich
(Gram) → Steigerung f; degree of comparisonSteigerungsstufe f

comparison

[kəmˈpærɪsn] nparagone m, confronto
in comparison with, by comparison with → rispetto a, in confronto a/di
by comparison → a confronto

compare

(kəmˈpeə) verb
1. to put (things etc) side by side in order to see to what extent they are the same or different. If you compare his work with hers you will find hers more accurate; This is a good essay compared with your last one.
2. to describe as being similar to. She compared him to a monkey.
3. to be near in standard or quality. He just can't compare with Mozart.
comparable (ˈkompərəbl) adjective
of the same kind, on the same scale etc. The houses were not at all comparable in size.
comparative (kəmˈpӕrətiv) adjective
1. judged by comparing with something else. the comparative quiet of the suburbs.
2. (of an adjective or adverb used in comparisons) between positive and superlative, as the following underlined words. a bigger book; a better man; Blacker is a comparative adjective; (also noun) What is the comparative of `bad'?
comˈparatively adverb
This house was comparatively cheap.
comparison (kəmˈpӕrisn) noun
(an act of) comparing. There's no comparison between Beethoven and pop music; Living here is cheap in comparison with London.

compare with is used to bring out similarities and differences between two things of the same type: He compared his pen with mine and decided mine was better .
compare to is used when pointing out a similarity between two different things: Stars are often compared to diamonds .

comparison

مُقَارَنَة porovnání sammenligning Vergleich σύγκριση comparación vertailu comparaison usporedba paragone 比較 비교 vergelijking sammenlikning porównanie comparação сравнение jämförelse การเปรียบเทียบ kıyaslama sự so sánh 比较
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His full rich voice was not found to suffer by a comparison with the soft tones of the girls; and his more modulated strains possessed, at least for the ears of those to whom they were peculiarly addressed, the additional power of intelligence.
Could we pause to give another picture of his daily life, with all the appliances now at command to gratify his instinct for the Beautiful, the garden scenes, that seemed so sweet to him, would look mean and trivial in comparison.
All other scenes of earth -- even that village of rural England, where happy infancy and stainless maidenhood seemed yet to be in her mother's keeping, like garments put off long ago -- were foreign to her, in comparison.
Grose's comparison, and, catching my pupil in my arms, covered her with kisses in which there was a sob of atonement.
In the name of all us Limeese, I but desire to express to you, sir sailor, that we have by no means overlooked your delicacy in not substituting present Lima for distant Venice in your corrupt comparison.
Nor, strictly investigated, is there any incongruity in this comparison.
This is no fairy story and no joke; the meat would be shoveled into carts, and the man who did the shoveling would not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one-- there were things that went into the sausage in comparison with which a poisoned rat was a tidbit.
muttered Aunt Chloe, who was getting rather restive; the merriment of the evening being to her somewhat after the Scripture comparison,--like "vinegar upon nitre.
Well, a man that is packed away like that is a nut that isn't worth the cracking, there is so little of the meat, when you get down to it, by comparison with the shell.
According to Jim Baker, some animals have only a limited education, and some use only simple words, and scarcely ever a comparison or a flowery figure; whereas, certain other animals have a large vocabulary, a fine command of language and a ready and fluent delivery; consequently these latter talk a great deal; they like it; they are so conscious of their talent, and they enjoy "showing off.
One juryman after another took the cardboard and the glass and made the comparison.
As a public speaker, he excels in pathos, wit, comparison, imitation, strength of reasoning, and fluency of language.

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