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analogy

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1 a way of describing or explaining one thing by means of describing another with which it shares certain points or qualities
  • The teacher used the analogy of a common pipeline to explain bandwidth on the Internet.
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2 resemblance in certain points or qualities between two or more otherwise unlike things
  • The study made note of analogies between human and ape social behavior.
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Synonym Discussion of analogy

likeness, similarity, resemblance, similitude, analogy mean agreement or correspondence in details. likeness implies a closer correspondence than similarity which often implies that things are merely somewhat alike.
    • a remarkable likeness to his late father
    • some similarity between the two cases
resemblance implies similarity chiefly in appearance or external qualities.
    • statements that bear little resemblance to the truth
similitude applies chiefly to correspondence between abstractions.
    • two schools of social thought showing points of similitude
analogy implies likeness or parallelism in relations rather than in appearance or qualities.
    • pointed out analogies to past wars


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