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  • n. Plural form of simile.

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  • From one of wordnik's examples:
    "He indulges in similes and expressions as rich and varied as the vegetation of his own tropical lands."

    In my opinion, similes are expressions you build to emphasize a particular idea.

    e.g. topic: a girl's eyes and hair.
    Her eyes were blue like the deepest ocean and her hair was as soft as the finest silk.

    In this case I want to emphasize that I liked both, her hair and her eyes, so I compare them to things most people would recognize and, since my intention is to be positive in meaning, admire.

    Similes referring to animals
    as quiet as a mouse, as slippery as an eel, as strong as an ox, as brave as a lion

    April 30, 2010