Analogy Definition

ə-nălə-jē
analogies
noun
analogies
A similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.
Sees an analogy between viral infection and the spread of ideas.
American Heritage
Similarity in some respects between things otherwise unlike; partial resemblance.
Webster's New World
A comparison based on such similarity.
Made an analogy between love and a fever.
American Heritage
The likening of one thing to another on the basis of some similarity between the two.
Webster's New World
Similarity in function between parts dissimilar in origin and structure, as the wing of a bird and that of an insect.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Analogy

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analogy
Plural:
analogies

Origin of Analogy

  • Middle English analogie from Old French from Latin analogia from Greek analogiā from analogos proportionate analogous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

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