Quick answer
"Likeness" is a noun which is often translated as "la semejanza", and "veil" is a noun which is often translated as "el velo". Learn more about the difference between "likeness" and "veil" below.
likeness
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (resemblance)
a. la semejanza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I know you're not twins, but the likeness is astounding.Sé que no son gemelos, pero la semejanza es pasmosa.
b. el parecido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
All of my brothers bear a stronger likeness to our father than I do.Todos mis hermanos tienen un parecido más notable a nuestro padre que yo.
2. (portrait)
a. el retrato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The royal family commissioned the painter to create likenesses of them.La familia real le encargó al pintor que hiciera retratos de sus miembros.
3. (semblance)
a. la apariencia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The sorceress assumed the likeness of a wolf.La hechicera asumió la apariencia de un lobo.
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veil
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (clothing)
a. el velo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The bride arrived at the altar and her father took off her veil.La novia llegó al altar y su padre le quitó el velo.
2. (something that conceals)
a. el velo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The harbor was covered by a veil of mist in the early hours of the morning.El puerto estaba cubierto de un velo de bruma en las primeras horas de la mañana.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to cover)
a. cubrir con un velo
The priestesses always veil their faces when they leave the temple.Las sacerdotisas siempre se cubren la cara cuando salen del templo.
4. (to hide)
a. disimular
Every time they spoke, she found herself less able to veil her feelings for him.Cada vez que hablaban le resultaba más difícil disimular sus sentimientos por él.
b. velar (facts, truth)
That newspaper presents the publishers' own ideology and chooses to veil the truths that aren't in their interest.Ese periódico presenta la ideología de los editores y decide velar las verdades que no les convienen.
c. ocultar
He was barely able to veil how much he detested his rival.Apenas podía ocultar cuánto detestaba a su rival.
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