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Literature Glossary

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A is to B as C is to D.

A and B are related in the same way (and direction) that C and D are related.


If you took the SAT before 2005, you might remember that nasty little analogies section, where you'd have to fill out things like

esoteric word:overly intellectual word::nonsense obscurity:____________

That comparison is an analogy—it's a metaphorical way of evaluating a relationship between two things.