Predilection vs Likeness - What's the difference?

predilection | likeness |

As nouns the difference between predilection and likeness

is that predilection is predilection while likeness is the state or quality of being like or alike; similitude; resemblance; similarity.

As a verb likeness is

(archaic|transitive) to depict.



Alternative forms

* (archaic)


(en noun)
  • Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.
  • * 1987 , Edwin M. Yoder Jr., "Lewis Powell a Fine Sense of Balance," Washington Post , 29 Jun.,
  • But for him the first rule of judging was to set aside personal predilection and vote the law and the facts.
  • * 2000 , Terry McCarthy, "Lost Generation," Time Asia , 23 Oct.,
  • ... youth’s predilection for revolt.
  • * 2001 , Marina Cantacuzino, "On deadly ground," The Guardian , 13 Mar.,
  • Wilson doesn’t see any inconsistency between his socialism and his predilection for the high life.




  • The state or quality of being like or alike; similitude; resemblance; similarity.
  • Appearance or form; guise.
  • An enemy in the likeness of a friend.
  • * Genesis, I, 26
  • 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.
  • That which closely resembles; a portrait.
  • How he looked, the likenesses of him which still remain enable us to imagine.


    * similarity

    See also

    * copy * portrait * analogy


  • (archaic) To depict.
  • * 1857 , April 25, , in Cecil Y. Lang and Edgar F. Shannon Jr. (editors), The Letters of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Volume II: 1851-1870 , Belknap Press (1987), ISBN 0-674-52583-3, page 171:
  • I have this morning received the photographs of my two boys. The eldest is very well likenessed : the other, perhaps, not so well.
  • * 1868 , November, advertisement, in 's Home Magazine , Volume XXXII, Number 21, after page 320:
  • Every member of the family [of is as faithfully likenessed as the photographs, which were given to the artist from the hands of the General himself, have power to express.