Simile Definition: the comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”

Similes are a kind of figurative language that authors use to enhance imagery and key ideas in a work. They often enhance the senses of a reader to better experience the deeper meaning of the two unlike things being compared. Similes can also simplify a complicated idea.
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Notable Examples in Literature

“The late afternoon sky bloomed in the window for a moment like the blue honey of the Mediterranean.”

“I wandered lonely as a cloud / that floats o’er vales and hills”

William Wordsworth “Daffodils”

“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun

William Shakespeare “Sonnet 130”

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•   (English) Simile   •   (Español) Símil   •   (Français) Comparaison   •   (Deutsch) Gleichnis   •   (Italiana) Similitudine   •   (Nederlands) Vergelijking   •   (Português) Símile   •   (עברית) סימיל   •   (العَرَبِيَّة) التشبيه في علم بلاغة   •   (हिन्दी) उपमा   •   (ру́сский язы́к) Сравнение   •   (Dansk) Lignelse   •   (Svenska) Liknelse   •   (Suomi) Vertaus   •   (Norsk) Simile   •   (Türkçe) Benzetme   •   (Polski) Porównanie   •   (Româna) Simile   •   (Ceština) Přirovnání   •   (Slovenský) Prirovnanie   •   (Magyar) Hasonlat   •   (Hrvatski) Poređenje   •   (български) Сравнение   •   (Lietuvos) Simile   •   (Slovenščina) Simile   •   (Latvijas) Simile   •   (eesti) Simile