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MORE ABOUT ANALOGY
What is an analogy?
An analogy is a comparison made to show how two different things are similar, especially in limited ways.
An analogy is a technique frequently used in literature to explain something by comparing it to something else (a literary device). There are several types of analogies you can make.
A simile directly compares two seemingly unrelated things and then explains what the two items have in common to make a point. Similes often use like or as to make the comparison, as in Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. The analogy says that life, like an unlabeled box of chocolates, is mysterious and full of both pleasant and unpleasant surprises.
A metaphor indirectly compares two things, as in He was a wolf among sheep in the boardroom, taking command instantly. Instead of the analogy saying the corporate executive was like a ferocious predator, it says he is a ferocious predator. The analogy makes the point that the man was aggressive and dominated the other people in the room.
Analogies are complex and often rely on a reader or listener using logic to figure out what connection the user of the analogy is making.
In other areas of study, such as math and science, analogies are used to infer, or to figure out through reason and logic, unknown information. For example, if you know how A is similar to B and how B is similar to C, using reason you can determine how A is similar to C.
Why are analogies important?
The first records of analogy come from around 1530. It ultimately comes from the Greek word análogos, meaning “proportionate.” An analogy is comparing two proportional, or relative, things.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called.
Juliet is using an analogy that compares Romeo to a rose to explain that she would love Romeo no matter what his last name was.
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Many standardized tests use simple analogies to see how well a person can use logic and reasoning to draw comparisons. These are often written A:B::X:Y, as in kitten:cat::puppy:___. To correctly answer the question, you must figure out the relationship between a kitten and a cat (a kitten is a baby cat) and a kitten and a puppy (a kitten and puppy are both baby animals) to determine what you should put in the blank (dog).
What are real-life examples of analogies?
This clip shows the movie character Shrek attempting to explain the complexity of ogres using an analogy:
Many of our favorite works of entertainment use analogies, and we sometimes use them ourselves.
I can't think of an analogy for how I feel about watching the job market. I've tried a whole bunch in my head, but the closest I can get is one of Jigsaw's traps, but not one like in Saw V. More like Saw IV where I'm watching helplessly. I literally don't know what more I can do.
— Lauren ''No Chill'' Ackerman (@VerbingNouns) August 20, 2020
Just saw a crow eating a dead snake and I feel like this is an analogy for something, but I'm not sure what.
— Just Notch (@SuprasternalN) May 25, 2020
True or False?
An analogy contrasts two similar things by pointing out their differences.
How to use analogy in a sentence
It’s Dyson, however, that provides the most direct analogy for what the executive hoping to do at Ember.Ember names former Dyson head as consumer CEO, as the startup looks beyond the smart mug|Brian Heater|February 12, 2021|TechCrunch
When they took CT scans of fossilized Tiktaalik skulls, however, “the crocodilian analogy just fell apart,” he says.This ancient fish-crocodile mashup snared its prey using a key adaptation|Kate Baggaley|February 3, 2021|Popular-Science
The idea of using NLP to examine viruses started with an analogy.A Language AI Is Accurately Predicting Covid-19 ‘Escape’ Mutations|Shelly Fan|January 19, 2021|Singularity Hub
These frequencies relate to something called the Rydberg constant—the tension of the guitar string in the analogy—which appears to be one of the potentially more significant sources of uncertainty proton size-wise.A Breakthrough in Measuring the Building Blocks of Nature - Facts So Romantic|Subodh Patil|January 8, 2021|Nautilus
The analogy, in my view of brand keyword advertising is handing out the coupons inside the restaurant.Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 2: Digital) (Ep. 441)|Stephen J. Dubner|November 26, 2020|Freakonomics
Dr. Butler, the theologian and author of "The Analogy," was born in the town and this house is still to be seen.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Analogy, it must be confessed, is against Reaumur's opinion; since other kinds of silkworms make their escape by means of a fluid.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
Analogy of physical processes (cutting and burning) appealed to by Sokrates — does not sustain his inference against Protagoras.
Analogy between Cognition and Pleasure: in each, there are gradations of truth and purity.
Analogy with Anthoceros confirmed him in his views on the reproduction of ferns.
British Dictionary definitions for analogy
Derived forms of analogyanalogical (ˌænəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or analogic, adjectiveanalogically, adverbanalogist, noun
Word Origin for analogy
Cultural definitions for analogy
A comparison of two different things that are alike in some way (see metaphor and simile). An analogy attributed to Samuel Johnson is: “Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.”