Examples of analogy in a Sentence
- He does, though, suffer from the occupational deformation of international relations specialists: an enthusiasm for ransacking the past in search of precedents, analogies, patterns, and cycles that might explain the present and forecast the future. —Tony Judt, New York Book Review, 10 Apr. 2003
- People who do this call themselves "white-hat" hackers—good people who show other people their vulnerabilities. Take the following analogy: I've designed a great new lock pick, and I'm going to give this great new gadget away to show everyone that the typical door lock is ineffective against my new pick. —John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine, 4 Apr. 2000
- It has often been said that movie stars are the royalty of America. (The better analogy, really, is that the royals are the movie stars of Britain.) —Neal Gabler, Life: The Movie, 1998
- Parts of the far-infrared sky look like colonies of spiders gone mad. The fine structure seen there is called cirrus, by analogy with filamentary clouds on Earth. —Virginia Trimble et al., Sky & Telescope, January 1995
Recent Examples of analogy from the Web
To help us to understand where our precarious relationship with technology may be headed, Lindstrom provides a visceral analogy.
The analogy is inexact, but for comparison America’s stockmarket returned an annual 5.6% over the past 50 years.
But Andrew Rall prefers the Destiny's Child analogy.
In uncertain times, there is always a tendency to look for a historical analogy.
Never has there been a more accurate or incredibly analogy.
People tried to draw an analogy between her and John's mother, Jackie Kennedy—that same sort of elegance.
To use a baseball analogy, this summer there will be a lot of sellers, not a lot of buyers.
Elon Musk, the founder of space startup SpaceX, drew the analogy when making the case for designing reusable rockets like his company’s Falcon 9.
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Digging Into the Most Common Meaning of analogy
In its most common use, analogy has to do with comparison of things based on those things being alike in some way. For example, one can make or draw an analogy between the seasons of the year and the stages of life. People also reason by way of analogy, asserting, for example, that abandoning a project is like leaving a house partway built. Although an analogy can be summarized quickly, as in these examples, an analogy actually encompasses the comparison or inference itself, and is therefore different from figures of speech, like metaphors and similes, which are forms of expression.
Some tests ask you to identify analogies, finding the second of a pair that has the same relationship as a completed pair. Analogy tests often look like this:
ice : cold :: steel : ____
a. hard b. loud c. fresh d. small
Because the relationship between ice and cold is that coldness is a quality of ice, the word that goes with steel is hard, since hardness is a quality of steel.
The word analogy (which comes from analogous) traces back by way of Latin to a Greek word meaning "proportionate." That word has a root in the Greek word logos, meaning "reason."
Synonym Discussion of analogy
- a remarkable likeness to his late father
- some similarity between the two cases
- statements that bear little resemblance to the truth
- two schools of social thought showing points of similitude
- pointed out analogies to past wars
ANALOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of analogy for English Language Learners
: a comparison of two things based on their being alike in some way
: the act of comparing two things that are alike in some way
ANALOGY Defined for Kids
Definition of analogy for Students
- He made an analogy between flying and surfing.
- She explained by analogy.
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