What does the word similitude mean?

Usage examples for similitude

  1. Here, again, was a similitude which bound this present to the past. – The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac
  2. Thus it will be found, that, in every object that is universally pleasing, there exist principles which are analogous to those that constitute beauty in the human species; and that its appearance does always, in some degree, move the affections, though the mind may be unconscious of its similitude to any idea in which the affections are concerned. – An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Taste, and of the Origin of our Ideas of Beauty, etc. by Frances Reynolds
  3. There will also appear a great similitude in the names of their cities and temples: so that we may be assured, that the whole was the operation of one and the same people. – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I. by Jacob Bryant