a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in “she is like a rose.”: Compare metaphor.
an instance of such a figure of speech or a use of words exemplifying it.
- metaphor, simile
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How to use simile in a sentence
It called for him to write a poem using a simile or metaphor.A former cop created a program to help Baltimore kids. Now, she’s hoping to give them more: a permanent safe haven. | Theresa Vargas | August 25, 2021 | Washington Post
He surprises readers with similes that are sobering, in the middle of laughter.
The matron expressed her entire concurrence in this intelligible simile, and the beadle went on.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
The modern simile is that of a donkey between two bundles of hay.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
No one can say to himself, “I will now make a good simile,” and straightway fulfill his promise.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
A simile is an expressed comparison between unlike things that have some common quality.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Here the simile seems to be as unlike as possible, for the lot could fall only upon one.
British Dictionary definitions for simile
a figure of speech that expresses the resemblance of one thing to another of a different category, usually introduced by as or like: Compare metaphor
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Cultural definitions for simile
A common figure of speech that explicitly compares two things usually considered different. Most similes are introduced by like or as: “The realization hit me like a bucket of cold water.” (Compare metaphor.)
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