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Why Is There No Opposite Of Analogy?

Tonight, I have discovered a gap in the poetic imagination of the English language. Children in the United States and United Kingdom are taught that poetry often uses analogy, a form of metaphor that likens one thing to another thing.

My love is like a boiled carrot…

But what’s the opposite of an analogy? People often say that one thing is not analogous to another thing, but what is that state of not being analogous?

Search thesauruses for words that are the opposite of “analogy”, and you won’t find an appropriate term. You’ll find

difference
dissimilarity
disagreement
unlikeness

These words aren’t exact opposite, though. An analogy is not just a similarity or a likeness. It is a relationship between analogues, things that have parallels that are specifically conceptual in nature. An analogy certainly isn’t an agreement.

Why has the English language avoided the creation of a word meaning the opposite of the word “analogy”? What would such a word look like, and how would it change the way we talk and think about things?

6 thoughts on “Why Is There No Opposite Of Analogy?”

  1. Bill says:

    In the biological sciences, anyway, the antonym of ‘analogy’ is ‘heterology’…but that’s rather more narrow than your question.

    While I’m here, I’m moved to point out that many (most?) nouns don’t have opposites. What’s the opposite of ‘carrot’?

    1. hddhdhdhdue says:

      Pizza.

    2. Jim Cook says:

      The dontcarrot. You can see it turnip its leaf tips as you walk by.

      1. Bill says:

        And here I was sure one of you wiseackers would say “stick.”

        1. Jim Cook says:

          Oooh, that makes us the opposite of predictable.

  2. Igor Berecki says:

    In some cases, depending of context, the opposite of “analogy” could be “paradox”.

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