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- met·a·phor·i·cal [met-uh-fawr-i-kuhl, -for-], /ˌmɛt əˈfɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈfɒr-/, met·a·phor·ic, adjective
- metaphor , simile
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How to use metaphor in a sentence
André Kostolany, the 20th Century stock market whiz, had a great metaphor for the markets that dog owners might appreciate.Already down 13%, Big Tech stocks have plenty more room to fall, analysts say | Bernhard Warner | September 22, 2020 | Fortune
It was about persevering in the face of hardship, with contrasting harmonies and melodies acting as metaphors for life and death.Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is a lesson in finding hope in adversity | Charlie Harding | September 11, 2020 | Vox
In April 2014, President Xi Jinping used tea and beer as metaphors to underscore friendship with Belgium, during a visit to that country.
I just think it happened to come along at exactly the moment that people were interested in that metaphor and exploring it.
But, Begley says, it may be time to trade in the hard-wired metaphor for a less misleading one.5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 9, 2020 | Freakonomics
Once again he accused the West of being unfair to Russia, bringing back his favorite metaphor, the Russian bear.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug | Anna Nemtsova | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The original metaphor was: erect a wall to keep the garden of the church free from the wilderness of politics.
The scene must be a metaphor for sex, because really who does any of this?Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Tay-Tay Scorned | Sujay Kumar | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lepore has a different, though still linear, metaphor for the history of feminism: “a river, wending.”Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine | Tom Arnold-Forster | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To wring all that can be wrung from metaphor, note what our elected and appointed officials are not dressed as.
Your correspondent Erica gives us some quotations and epitaphs, in which the metaphor of an Inn is applied both to life and death.
"To say that the brute has awakened in a man is not a mere metaphor always," he went on presently.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
The musician not showing any visible appreciation of the managers metaphor, Perkins immediately proceeded to uncock his eye.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
By a noble metaphor, says Milman, the day of their death was considered that of their birth to immortality.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
To carry out your metaphor of the tree, the graft cut from the parent stock must bear fruit for itself.Alone | Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for metaphor
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action that it does not literally denote in order to imply a resemblance, for example he is a lion in battle: Compare simile
- metaphoric (ˌmɛtəˈfɒrɪk) or metaphorical, adjective
- metaphorically, adverb
- metaphoricalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for metaphor
The comparison of one thing to another without the use of like or as: “A man is but a weak reed”; “The road was a ribbon of moonlight.” Metaphors are common in literature and expansive speech. (Compare simile.)
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.