Synonyms & Antonyms of analogy

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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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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The first known use of analogy was in the 15th century

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“Analogy.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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