A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another by using comparison words;used to make a description more emphatic or vivid.
Some examples of comparison words are: like, as, so, than, or a verb such as resembles.


  • As blind as a bat.
  •            - Indicates that the person cannot see any better than a bat.

  • As happy as a clam.
  •            - Comparing the happiness of the person to that of a clam.

  • Angry as a hornet.
  •            - Comparing ones anger to that of a hornet.