analogy

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Correspondence between two things, or in the relationship between two things and their respective attributes. In visual and literary works, a figure of speech or depiction used to cite or hypothesize a relationship of similarity and comparability between two disparate ideas or elements; often used as a point of clarification, or to elucidate an unfamiliar point or idea in terms of something more familiar and accessible. An example would be describing the correspondence between a river moving through a valley, with which readers would be familiar, and a glacier moving through a valley, which is much slower and more difficult to perceive.
analogy
Accepted term: 10-Jun-2024