Origin of metaphor
Can be confusedmetaphor simile
Examples from the Web for metaphorical
The metaphorical closet door has been opened, proving just how rapidly the sport is growing and changing with the times.
I chose it for its metaphorical resonance, but the mosquito bite theory might be the worse.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil|William O’Connor|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Time passed, and periodically a scholarly blog would raise a metaphorical eyebrow about the lack of test results.The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ is Still as Big a Mystery as Ever|Candida Moss|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Inevitably, any anger and resentment we feel is contained within some kind of metaphorical exoskeleton.
Yet JFK, while physically frail and in pain, still had the metaphorical spine to drive his hawkish advisers up the wall.
Van was living on metaphorical clover down near Tucson; I was roughing it out on the rocks of the Mogollon.Starlight Ranch|Charles King
Such a phrase as my body they considered to be metaphorical, as apart from the body there was no ego who owned it.Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)|Charles Eliot
What mark is given us, by which we may know where the boundary is between the literal and the metaphorical sense?The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences|Edward Hitchcock
This speech, Bob., thou wilt call a prettiness; but the allegory is just; and thou hast not quite cured me of the metaphorical.Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8|Samuel Richardson
It was no metaphorical, but an actual, wrestling with a tangible enemy.The Life of John Bunyan|Edmund Venables
British Dictionary definitions for metaphorical
Derived Formsmetaphoric (ˌmɛtəˈfɒrɪk) or metaphorical, adjectivemetaphorically, adverbmetaphoricalness, noun
Word Origin for metaphor
Culture definitions for metaphorical
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.)