|samanlaisuus englanniksi||resemblance fi, comparison fi|
*: Words and things were united in their resemblance. Renaissance man thought in terms of similitudes: the theatre of life, the mirror of nature. There were four ranges of resemblance.
Aemulation was similitude within distance: the sky resembled a face because it had “eyes” — the sun and moon.
Convenientia connected things near to one another, e.g. animal and plant, making a great “chain” of being.
Analogy: a wider range based less on likeness than on similar relations.
Sympathy likened anything to anything else in universal attraction, e.g. the fate of men to the course of the planets.
A “signature” was placed on all things by God to indicate their affinities — but it was hidden, hence the search for arcane knowledge. Knowing was guessing and interpreting, not observing or demonstrating.
: ux|en|to bring a thing into comparison with another; there is no comparison between them
: ux|en|He made a careful comparison of the available products before buying anything.
*: As sharp legal practitioners, no class of human beings can bear comparison with them.
*: The miracles of our Lord and those of the Old Testament afford many interesting points of comparison.
*: "I dont 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.nb..."
: ux|en|There really is no comparison between the performance of todays computers and those of a decade ago.
*: Whereto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it?