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Webster 1913 Edition


Simile

Sim′i-le

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Similes
(#)
.
[L., from
similis
. See
Similar
.]
(Rhet.)
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.
A good swift
simile
, but something currish.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Simile

SIMILE

,
Noun.
sim'ily. [L.] In rhetoric, similitude; a comparison of two thing which, however different in other respects, have some strong point or points of resemblance; by which comparison, the character or qualities of a thing are illustrated or presented in an impressive light. Thus, the eloquence of Demosthenes was like a rapid torrent; that of Cicero, like a large stream that glides smoothly along with majestic tranquility.

Definition 2021


simile

simile

See also: símile

English

Noun

simile (plural similes or similia)

  1. A figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another, in the case of English generally using like or as.
    A simile is a bit like a metaphor.
    • 1925, Fruit of the Flower, by Countee Cullen
      My father is a quiet man -- With sober, steady ways; -- For simile, a folded fan; -- His nights are like his days.

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See also

  • simile on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • metaphor
  • Category:English similes
  • Appendix:English similes - an appendix containing many similes

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Adverb

simile

  1. similarly

Italian

Etymology

From Latin similis.

Adjective

simile m, f (masculine and feminine plural simili)

  1. similar
    • Non è molto simile. It is not very similar.
  2. such
    • È possibile una cosa simile? Is such a thing possible?

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Latin

Adjective

simile

  1. nominative masculine singular of similis
  2. nominative feminine singular of similis
  3. vocative masculine singular of similis
  4. vocative feminine singular of similis

References

  • simile in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers