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Analogy meaning

analogy - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. A resemblance of relations; an agreement or likeness between things in some circumstances or effects, when the things are otherwise entirely different. Thus, learning enlightens the mind, because it is to the mind what light is to the eye, enabling it to discover things before hidden.
  2. 2. A relation or correspondence in function, between organs or parts which are decidedly different.
  3. 3. Proportion; equality of ratios.
  4. 4. Conformity of words to the genius, structure, or general rules of a language; similarity of origin, inflection, or principle of pronunciation, and the like, as opposed to anomaly.
  5. 5. Likeness of relation; correspondence.

analogy - examples of usage

  1. On Dr. Conrad's side of the analogy, there was no shelter, and he didn't ask for it. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  2. They have worked out by analogy what such a world would be like. - "The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society", Upton Sinclair.
  3. Nor can the analogy of early Greek traditions be fairly applied to those of Rome, owing to the great difference in the circumstances and the genius of the two nations. - "The Roman Poets of the Republic", W. Y. Sellar.
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