Similes and metaphors drawn analogies, compare things. Is there another rhetorical term for when someone wants to draw a disanalogy?

I can imagine a poet or at least rhetorician wanting to say e.g. that their lover's eyes are not like pearls, but far lovelier.

  • Are you looking for "a lack of analogy" then it is "disanalogy" collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/disanalogy
    – P. O.
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 20:05
  • @P.O. yes but as a figure of speech.
    – user99677
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 20:06
  • Would something like "he cannot be the one for there is no thunder in his heart or heart in his step" be the sort of thing you are trying to find a term for? Would it still not be a metaphor even if it is negated? Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 22:17

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Have you looked at dissimile?

a [rhetorical] comparison of two dissimilar objects for the purpose of illustration



If the contrast is explicit then it's exactly that, a literary contrast.

In literature, an author uses contrast when he or she describes the difference(s) between two or more entities. For example, in the first four lines of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 130, Shakespeare contrasts a mistress to the sun, coral, snow, and wire.

Contrast is the antonym of simile

Not sure if an implicit contrast has a term

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