Similes are a specific and formulaic form of allegory. A simile is a juxtaposed comparison of two or more objects to draw attention to their similarities. In English, similes are typically marked by use of
like or as or than or resembles. Similes show how two things, that are not alike in most ways, are similar in one important way. Similes are a way to describe something. Authors use them to make their writing more interesting or entertaining.

A popular mnemonic for a simile is that
a simile is similar or alike.


1. Playing chess with Ashley is
like trying to outsmart a computer.

The activity
playing chess with Ashley is being compared to trying to outsmart a computer. The point is that Ashley can think in a powerful manner that resembles the way a computer operates, not that she is like a computer in any other way.

2. His temper was
as explosive as a volcano.

His temper is being compared to a volcano in that it can be sudden and violent.

Few more examples of similes:

• Walking onto those sun-warmed stones was like stepping onto a hot plate.
• The cat, quick as lightning, pounced on the rat.
• She's as dull as a doorknob.

Similes have been widely used in literature for their expressiveness as a figure of speech:

• Curley was flopping like a fish on a line.
• The very mist on the Essex marshes was like a gauzy and radiant fabric.
• Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus.

Here is list of Similes beginning with

• As sacred as a shrine
• As sad as night
• As sad as doom
• As safe as tortoise under its shell
• As safe as a sardine
• As salt as a sea sponge
• As salt as brine
• As saucy as the wave
• As scarce as the hen’s teeth
• As scarce as the feathers on a fish
• As secret as thought
• As securer as the grave
• As seedy as a raspberry
• As selfish as a fox
• As senseless as stones
• As sensitive as flowers
• As serious as a doctor
• As serious as an owl
• As shallow as a pan
• As shameful as a sin
• As shameless as a nude statue
• As shapeless as an old shoe
• As sharp as a razor
• As sharp as a thistle
• As short as a dream
• As short as the life of a wave
• As shy as squirrel
• As shy as the fawn
• As sick as a dog
• As silent as thought
• As silent as a stone
• As silly as calves
• As simple as ABC
• As simple as a child
• As sincere as sunlight
• As sleek as mouse
• As sleepless as owls
• As slippery as ice
• As slippery as serpent
• As slow as a snail
• As sly as a fox
• As small as atoms
• As smart as sixpence
• As smart as paint
• As smooth as ice
• As sober as a judge
• As soft as wool
• As soft as velvet
• As soft as fur
• As soft as silk
• As solid as bricks
• As solitary as a tomb
• As soothing as breathe of spring
• As sour as lime
• As spacious as element
• As speechless as a stone
• As spineless as a jelly-fish
• As spiteful as a monkey
• As spotless as snow
• As spotless as lilies
• As spruce as an onion
• As stale as an old beer
• As stately as an oak
• As stately as a queen
• As steadfast as the sun
• As stealthy as a cat
• As stiff as a stone
• As stiff as a ramrod
• As still as a log
• As still as a statue
• As stinking as a polecat
• As stinking as carrion
• As straight as a candle
• As straight as a lance
• As strange as vision
• As strange as Hercules
• As strange as brandy
• As strange as Samson
• As stubborn as a mule
• As stupid as a sloth
• As stupid as a log
• As stupid as a post
• As subtle as a serpent
• As sudden as a snap
• As sudden as lightning
• As sulky as a bear
• As superfluous as fifth wheel
• As superstitious as sailors
• As supple as a snake
• As sure as a gun
• As sure as sunrise
• As sure as death
• As suspicious as a cat
• As sweet as a rose
• As sweet as sugar
• As swift as an arrow
• As swift as lightning
• As swift as a flash
• As swift as a thought

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