Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


As an instance of the futility of comparisons, I will mention one experience.

Her comparisons made her burn with shame at her own shortcomings.

She was overjoyed; there were no comparisons with hippopotami in HER mind.

Could they dream on still, as angels, and not wake to comparisons, and to be flattered!

She is afraid, doubtless, of comparisons and recollections.'

"You're not very fastidious in your choice of comparisons," said he.

The test is passed if two of the three comparisons are correct.

The test is passed only if all three comparisons are made correctly.

The test is passed if a likeness is given in two out of four comparisons.

When comparisons were made, the Admiral was ten years the older.


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).