An analogy compares two subjects to focus on the similarities

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“Race” is to “racism” as “religion” is to what?

I've heard "racist" being used in a few cases to describe bigotry towards people of a certain religion. It's a bit annoying because it implies that all people of a religion are the same race, which is ...
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Analogy for arising difficulties

I'm looking for a metaphor or analogy for experiencing more and more difficulties (after getting more familiar with a certain teaching or art). I think I have seen a few in the past but I can't think ...
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Analogy for an absurd way to teach something?

I recently found out that someone is being taught the programming language Python to learn math. This seems quite absurd, and I could have sworn I had heard an analogy about something like this, but ...
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'Right' is to 'Integrity' as 'Just' is to what?

Or put another way, if integrity means doing the right thing when no one is looking what is doing the just thing when no one is looking? As I understand it being right is a qualitative trait, while ...
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“Nose” is to “nasal” as “ear” is to what?

If the adjective relating to the nose is nasal then what is the adjective relating to the ear? I don't think it's "aural". I think it begins with ot-.
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supplant : replace :: snatch : take

The title is an analogy appeared in the GRE verbal test, and I yet can't find the analogy in it. "Snatch" means to "take" hastily or eagerly, but I don't see if "supplant" is a more hasty motion than ...
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“Eat” is to “feed” as “drink” is to what?

I can say "I feed someone". Am I forced to say "I give someone a drink", or is there a single word for this (as in "I [verb] someone")? Unfortunately my thesaurus can't really help me.
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Is this passage an example of a metaphor, analogy, or both?

"The movement of humanity, arising as it does from innumerable arbitrary human wills, is continuous. To understand the laws of this continuous movement is the aim of history. . . . Only ...
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“Anachronism” is to “time” as what is to “space”?

Is there a noun for something that is "out of place" in space, like an anachronism is "out of place" in time? E.g., an old-timey barber shop in a chic neighborhood.
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What would you call the object of an activity one does for fun?

For instance, the object related to cooking is a "dish", when playing it is "sport" or "game", when singing it's a "song". Which single term would describe the object for the general act of doing ...
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Term meaning 'with written words'

In the same way that verbally means with spoken words, I'm looking for a term that means with written words. Is there such a word?
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What is the subject of a survey called?

For example, the subject of an interview is an interviewee. So, I was wondering what the subject of a survey might be.
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Female equivalent of “fellow”

If sistren is the female equivalent of brethren, what is the female equivalent of fellow? Words usually paired are: guy/gal; man/woman; boy/girl; lad/lass; brethren/sistren; fraternity/sorority; but ...
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“Question and Answers” equivalent when it's not a question

There is a common phrase, "Questions and Answers", also known as Q&A. If you have a viewpoint. opinion, idea, statement, or a thought etc., what phrase would represent it and the response the ...
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'Patriotism' is to 'Country' as _______ is to 'City'

The title's pretty self explanatory! I can't seem to find a word which means exactly this, but I would be amazed if it doesn't exist.
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“True” is to “false” as “truth” is to… what?

If I were to reverse the sentence, "I care about the truth" I would want to say: I care about the false. Is that correct? It seems awkward at best: He speaks the truth! / He speaks the ...
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“Push” is to “pushable” as “enable”/“disable” are to what?

If you can push something you could say it is pushable. What do you say about something which you can enable and about something which you can disable?
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A word for 'relating to taste' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pertaining to the Senses Sound is to aural as smell is to olfactory as touch is to tactile as taste is to... what? I can't think of a word that describes the sense of ...
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“Droll” is to “amusing” as “sardonic” is to what?

Could someone solve this analogy? droll : amusing :: sardonic : ________ P.S. the answer does not have to be a specific length.
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“Upper-case” is to “capital” as “lowercase” is to what?

Is there a corresponding word to go with capital to mean lower-case?
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What's the adjective form of “sauce” as “salty” is to “salt”?

Saucy has a totally different meaning. When I describe food having too much sauce, I would like to use an adjective, however salty is not really applicable here.
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An International English Olympiad question

I had recently appeared for an English Olympiad, and this particular question confused me: Q) Choose the odd pair: A. cat:feline B. monkey:simian C. horse:stallion D. cow:bovine Now, the ...
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What is the verb used to indicate that you have travelled from point A to B by motorboat?

Please consider the following and fill in the blank. This has driven me crazy ever since I moved to florida. How would somebody say the travel often by a boat without any sails. I drove from New ...
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“Gentleman” is to “male” as what is to “female”?

For males, it's gentleman; and for females?
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“Benefit” is to “pro” as what is to “con”?

What word would best suit this analogy?
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Word for referring to the arts of the carpenter

You can say "sartorial" to mean "of or pertaining to tailors of their trade." Is there an equivalent for carpenters?
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Is “plantingly” an adverb?

Is plantingly an adverb form of plant? Can you give me a example sentence? Edit: This use of plantingly came from the following quote: Firstly I [would like] to thank you for taking the time from ...
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“omni”-prefixed word for “all-hearing”

Is there an adjective that begins with the prefix omni that means all-hearing? I thought that an aural counterpart to omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient must exist, but after a few minutes of ...
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If ‘pronunciation’ pairs with ‘sound’, which word should ‘spelling’ pair with?

If pronunciation pairs with sound, which word should spelling pair with?
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'Eat' is to 'feed' as 'wear' is to…?

To eat is like to feed to yourself; is there a similar word for to wear? For example, I wear pants, but when I do the same activity to another person, what is the word? Also, is there a name for such ...
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'less' is to 'fewer' as 'more' is to what?

This question is related to the previous one on less-vs-fewer. I prefer using fewer instead of less when referring to discrete items. Something sounds off about less than ten people, in my opinion. ...
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“Visualized” equivalent adjective for audio

Are there such words as "audiolized" or "audibilized"? EDIT: Merriam-Webster has the word Audibilized indexed with no definition! What I was trying to achieve was to say that something is an ...
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If the result of creating is creation

then what is the result of getting?