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Analogy, by definition is the understanding of a known or an unknown object or person by comparing it to a well known or universal symbol. Such as to compare liberal for deceit.

How to tell you have an analogy

It is sometimes difficult to diagnose exactly what an analogy is. Sometimes you will be confused as to whether you have a simple comparison, or an actual analogy. For instance, to say that you have a bike, which is like your friend's bike. This is a comparison, because you're not describing a different type of object to your bike, but instead, comparing your bike to another like object.

Now, an analogy would be to say that an airsoft gun is like a real gun, except that it shoots plastic pellets instead of lead bullets like a gun should.

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