Definitions for metaphorˈmɛt əˌfɔr, -fər
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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
Origin: [F. mtaphore, L. metaphora, fr. Gr. metafora`, fr. metafe`rein to carry over, transfer; meta` beyond, over + fe`rein to bring, bear.]
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
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
To me, this is a great metaphor for how absurdly evil their judicial system is.
The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.
The name Manson has become a metaphor for evil, and there's a side of human nature that's fascinated by pure unalloyed evil.
It's certainly not impossible but -- to use a sports metaphor from diving -- the degree of difficulty would be quite significant.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- استعارة, مجازArabic
- metàforaCatalan, Valencian
- 比喩, 象徴, 隠喩Japanese
- 암유, 은유Korean
- metafora, metaforiaLatvian
- kupu whakariteMāori
- vergelijking, metafoor, beeldspraakDutch
- metaforNorwegian Nynorsk
- metafora, przenośniaPolish
- ẩn dụVietnamese
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