Stylistic Devices: Simile


What is a simile?

simile is a figure of speech comparing two unlike things, often introduced with the word “like” or “as”. It takes the form of:

  • X is (not) like Y
  • X is (not) as Y
  • X is (not) similar to Y

Examples of simile:

  • He fights like a lion.
  • He swims as fast as a fish.
  • He slithers like a snake.
  • “My dad was a mechanic by trade when he was in the Army, When he got the tools out, he was like a surgeon.”
36 Figures of Speech Types Simile Metaphor Etc With Examples
36 Figures of Speech Types Simile Metaphor Etc With Examples

List of Figures of Speech in the English Language – Literary Devices

Accumulation Climax Metalepsis
Adjunction Dysphemism Metaphor
Adnomination Ellipsis Metonymy
Alliteration Euphemism Simile
Allusion Epigram Synecdoche
Anaphora Epiphora (or epistrophe) Tautology
Antanaclasis Hyperbole Understatement
Anticlimax Hypophora Zeugma and syllepsis
Antiphrasis Irony
Antithesis Litotes
Apostrophe Oxymoron
Assonance Personification
Cataphora Puns
Chiasmus Merism

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