Definitions for metaphorˈmɛt əˌfɔr, -fər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
met•a•phorˈmɛt əˌfɔr, -fər(n.)
the application of a word or phrase to an object or concept it does not literally denote, suggesting comparison to that object or concept, as in "A mighty fortress is our God."
something used or regarded as being used to represent something else; symbol:
the novel's use of the city as a metaphor for isolation.
Origin of metaphor:
1525–35; < L < Gk metaphorá a transfer, n. der. of metaphérein to transfer. See meta -, -phore
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it isnu2019t, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described, but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a simile.
The word or phrase used in this way. An implied comparison.
Origin: From metaphora, from μεταφορά, from μεταφέρω, from μετά + φέρω
the transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea
A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object. Metaphor is a type of analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve their effects via association, comparison or resemblance including allegory, hyperbole, and simile. In simpler terms, a metaphor compares two objects or things without using the words "like" or "as". One of the most prominent examples of a metaphor in English literature is the All the world's a stage monologue from As You Like It: This quote is a metaphor because the world is not literally a stage. By figuratively asserting that the world is a stage, Shakespeare uses the points of comparison between the world and a stage to convey an understanding about the mechanics of the world and the lives of the people within it.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The application of a concept to that which it is not literally the same but which suggests a resemblance and comparison. Medical metaphors were widespread in ancient literature; the description of a sick body was often used by ancient writers to define a critical condition of the State, in which one corrupt part can ruin the entire system. (From Med Secoli Arte Sci, 1990;2(3):abstract 331)
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'metaphor' in Nouns Frequency: #2660
Translations for metaphor
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a form of expression (not using `like' or `as')in which a quality or characteristic is given to a person or thing by using a name, image, adjective etc normally used of something else which has similar qualities etc
`He's a tiger when he's angry' is an example of (a) metaphor.
- إسْتِعارَه، مَجازArabic
- metáforaPortuguese (BR)
- die MetapherGerman
- μεταφορά (γραμμ.)Greek
- metafora, poredbaCroatian
- ،غوندى ورتهPashto
- mecaz, benzetmeTurkish
- 隱喻, 暗喻Chinese (Trad.)
- phép ẩn dụVietnamese
- 隐喻Chinese (Simp.)
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