a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like' or `as')
A figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another, in the case of English generally using like or as.
A simile is like a metaphor.
Origin: First attested 1393, from simile ("comparison, likeness", "parallel"), originally from simile the neuter form of similis ("like, similar, resembling"). Confer the English similar.
a word or phrase by which anything is likened, in one or more of its aspects, to something else; a similitude; a poetical or imaginative comparison
Origin: [L., from similis. See Similar.]
A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two things through some connective, usually "like," "as," "than," or a verb such as "resembles." A simile differs from a metaphor in that the latter compares two unlike things by saying that the one thing is the other thing.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sim′i-le, n. something similar: similitude: (rhet.) a comparison to illustrate anything.—n.pl. Simil′ia, things alike.—v.t. Sim′ilise, to liken, compare.—v.i. to use similitudes.—adv. Simil′liter, in like manner. [L., neut. of similis, like.]
The numerical value of simile in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of simile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I will not go so far as to say that to construct a history of thought without profound study of the mathematical ideas of successive epochs is like omitting Hamlet from the play which is named after him. . . But it is certainly analogous to cutting out the part of Ophelia. This simile is singularly exact. For Ophelia is quite essential to the play, she is very charming-- and a little mad.
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- sammenligning, lignelseDanish
- líking, samlíkingIcelandic
- 比喩, シミレ, 直喩Japanese
- 직유, 直喻Korean
- sự so sánhVietnamese
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