analogy

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From Latin analogia, from Ancient Greek ἀναλογία (analogia), from ἀνά (ana) + λόγος (logos, speech, reckoning)

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analogy (plural analogies)

  1. A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects, especially when used as a basis for explanation or extrapolation.
    • 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series, ch. 6:
      Yet the systole and diastole of the heart are not without their analogy in the ebb and flow of love.
    • 1869, Charles Dickens, The Uncommercial Traveller, ch. 18:
      Is there any analogy, in certain constitutions, between keeping an umbrella up, and keeping the spirits up?
    • 1901, Edith Wharton, The Valley of Decision, ch. 12:
      The old analogy likening the human mind to an imperfect mirror, which modifies the images it reflects, occurred more than once to Odo.
    • 1983, "How to Write Programs," Time, 3 Jan.:
      Perhaps the easiest way to think of it is in terms of a simple analogy: hardware is to software as a television set is to the shows that appear on it.
    • 2002, Harlan Coben, Gone for Good, ISBN 9780440236733, p. 75:
      A kid living on the street is a bit like — and please pardon the analogy here — a weed.

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