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Definition of simile:

  1. A word or phrase by which anything is likened, in one or more of its aspects, to something else; a similitude; a poetical or imaginative comparison.


archaism, aphorism, epic simile, fable, anglicism, figure of speech, acrostic, chant, Arabism, explicit comparison of dissimilars, battle cry, catch-all, catchphrase, axiom, illustration, likeness, borrowing, adage, fiction, cite, citation, binomial, cliche, clue, Americanism, parable, anagram, cheer.

Usage examples:

  • Trochalopterum simile, Hume; Hume, Cat.

    - "The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1", Allan O. Hume.
  • That paper is a fac- simile of this one here.

    - "An Artist in Crime", Rodrigues Ottolengui.
  • That is where the fellow's simile breaks down.

    - "The Mayor of Troy", Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.