analogous


analogous
analogous
is pronounced with a hard g. It should properly be used in contexts involving definite comparisons that justify the notion of analogy

• (Terrorism is more analogous to a virulent, malignant illness, a plague that needs to be exposed, contained and then, yes, eradicated with the most precise surgical and other means —The Nation, 2001).

In practice, however, it does not always manage to keep its distance from the more general word similar. Originally confined largely to technical language, the word has spread rapidly into general usage (complemented by to or with):

• Some have suggested that the effort needed to defeat the terrorists is analogous to the cold war —Commonweal, 2001 [OEC].


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Analogous — A*nal o*gous, a. [L. analogous, Gr. ? according to a due ratio, proportionate; ? + ? ratio, proportion. See {Logic}.] Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion; often followed by to. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • analogous — *like, alike, similar, comparable, akin, parallel, uniform, identical Analogous words: corresponding, convertible (see RECIPROCAL): kindred, *related, allied, cognate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • analogous — I adjective akin, alike, allied, analogical, associated, coequal, cognate, comparable, correlative, correspondent, corresponding, equipollent, equivalent, homologous, kindred, like, matching, parallel, related, resembling, same, similar, similis… …   Law dictionary

  • analogous — (adj.) 1640s, from L. analogus, from Gk. analogos proportionate, according to due proportion (see ANALOGY (Cf. analogy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • analogous — [adj] agreeing, similar akin, alike, comparable, consonant, convertible, correspondent, corresponding, equivalent, homologous, interchangeable, kindred, like, parallel, related, resembling, undifferentiated, uniform; concepts 487,573 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • analogous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ comparable in certain respects. DERIVATIVES analogously adverb. ORIGIN Greek analogos proportionate …   English terms dictionary

  • analogous — [ə nal′ə gəs] adj. [L analogus < Gr analogos: see ANALOGY] 1. similar or comparable in certain respects 2. Biol. similar in function but not in origin and structure analogously adv …   English World dictionary

  • analogous — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ appear, seem ADVERB ▪ closely ▪ directly, exactly …   Collocations dictionary

  • analogous — adj. analogous to, with * * * [ə næləgəs] with analogous to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • analogous — a|nal|o|gous [əˈnæləgəs] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: analogus, from Greek analogos, from ana according to + logos reason, ratio ] similar to another situation or thing so that a comparison can be made analogous to/with ▪ The… …   Dictionary of contemporary English