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Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A figure of speech (specifically a trope) in which one thing is explicitly compared with something else of a different kind using the words ‘as’ or ‘like’, as in ‘Television is like a...

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simile

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 261 words.

1 ‘Part’ as Burchfield (1996) put it, ‘of the spiritual nourishment of writers and esp. of poets’, similes are ‘figure[s] of speech involving the comparison of one thing with...

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epic simile

Edited by Dinah Birch and Katy Hooper.

in The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (British and Irish). 56 words.

An extended simile comparing one complex action with another, for example the charge of an army with the onset of storm clouds, elaborated at such length as to become digressive. Sometimes...

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epic simile

Edited by Dinah Birch.

in The Oxford Companion to English Literature

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (British and Irish). 56 words.

An extended simile comparing one complex action with another, for example the charge of an army with the onset of storm clouds, elaborated at such length as to become digressive. Sometimes...

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epic simile

Edited by Margaret Drabble, Jenny Stringer and Daniel Hahn.

in The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (British and Irish). 39 words.

an extended simile which compares one composite action with another, often with a digressive effect; it originates in Homer,

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epic simile

Chris Baldick.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 81 words.

An extended simile elaborated in such detail or at such length as to eclipse temporarily the main action of a

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epic simile

Chris Baldick.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

January 2015; p ublished online July 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 81 words.

An extended *simile elaborated in such detail or at such length as to eclipse temporarily the main action of

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epic simile

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

An extended simile which compares one composite action with another, often with a digressive effect; it originates in Homer, and was imitated by Virgil, Dante, and, in English, notably by...

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Epic Similes

John Leonard.

in Faithful Labourers: A Reception History of Paradise Lost, 1667-1970

March 2013; p ublished online May 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 34077 words.

This chapter unites the topics of style and genre (the twin themes of volume one) in a discussion of Milton’s use of the epic simile. The chapter traces the development of two opposite yet...

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simile / ~s n

David Crystal.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

March 2016; p ublished online October 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 13 words.

m ˈsɪmɪlǝɪ / -ɪˌlǝɪz

sp simile1 / similes1, similies1

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Metaphor and Simile

David Konstan and Pura Nieto Hernández.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical History. 555 words.

Ancient rhetorical treatises considered simile and metaphor as manifestations of a single phenomenon: the principle of analogy. Thus Aristotle classified

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Metaphors and similes

Alf Gabrielsson.

in Strong Experiences with Music

September 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6990 words.

It has often been said — by musicians, philosophers, writers, and others — that words do not suffice to describe how one experiences music, music goes beyond words, ‘music starts where...

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metaphor and simile

Michael Silk.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature. 1546 words.

Features of literary language that have been extensively discussed by theorists and critics since antiquity. The first purposeful investigations are *Aristotle's (Poet.21–2; Rh. 3. 2. 6–4. 4, 3. 10....

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metaphor and simile

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

Are features of literary language that have been extensively discussed by theorists and critics since antiquity. The first purposeful investigations are Aristotle's. By the time of...

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Simile aria (opera)

Jack Westrup.

in Oxford Music Online

December 1992; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Opera. 269 words.

[metaphor aria]

An aria in which the text makes a comparison between the singer’s situation or thoughts and some natural phenomenon or activity in the world at large; the...

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simile

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A figure of speech (specifically a trope) in which one thing is explicitly compared with something else of a different kind using the words ‘as’ or ‘like’, as in ‘Television is like a...

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simile

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(It.). An instruction that the performer should continue with some particular effect (e.g. an accompaniment figure) or technique (e.g. a kind of bowstroke). See also segue.

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SIMILE

Burt Vance.

in A Dictionary of Abbreviations

P ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. 8 words.

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simile

Daniel Chandler and Rod Munday.

in A Dictionary of Media and Communication

January 2011; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Media Studies. 37 words.

A *figure of speech (specifically a *trope) in which one thing is explicitly compared with something else

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simile

Daniel Chandler and Rod Munday.

in A Dictionary of Media and Communication

P ublished online March 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Media Studies. 37 words.

A figure of speech (specifically a *trope) in which one thing is explicitly compared with something else of

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simile

Edited by Trischa Mann.

in Australian Law Dictionary

January 2013; p ublished online April 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law. 92 words.

A linguistic structure, often a cliché, in which one thing is likened to another (e.g. ‘as tough as nails’. Taking

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