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Princeton's WordNet

  1. metaphorical, metaphoricadjective

    expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another

    "a metaphorical expression"; "metaphoric language"


  1. metaphoricaladjective

    Pertaining to or characterized by a metaphor; figurative; symbolic.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Metaphorical, Metaphorickadjective

    Not literal; not according to the primitive meaning of the word; figurative.

    Etymology: metaphorique, Fr. from metaphor.

    The words which were do continue; the only difference is, that whereas before they had a literal, they now have a metaphorical use. Richard Hooker.


  1. metaphorical

    Metaphorical is an adjective that describes the usage of metaphors - a figure of speech - in written or verbal communication. It refers to understanding, identifying, or interpreting one thing in terms of another, applying qualities of one object or concept to another, which triggers a comparison in the mind of the reader or listener. These comparisons are often non-literal and symbolic, intending to create a vivid, creative, or insightful description that enriches the understanding or perception of the subject.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metaphoricaladjective

    of or pertaining to metaphor; comprising a metaphor; not literal; figurative; tropical; as, a metaphorical expression; a metaphorical sense

  2. Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. mtaphorique.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of metaphorical in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of metaphorical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of metaphorical in a Sentence

  1. Luke Davies:

    All of the metaphorical stuff aside about the insanity of war, John Yossarian loses John Yossarian friends and this increases John Yossarian sense of anxiety, fear and bewilderment.

  2. Dan Newman:

    Silicon Valley provides a literal and metaphorical wealth of support for candidates. It's a community of people focused on the future, and of course, to paraphrase (bank robber) Willie Sutton, it's where the donors live.

  3. Ben Robinson:

    It's metaphorical storytelling that allows you a way of taking science and fantasy to look at your own society, he [ Roddenberry Sr. ] talked about race by having a Vulcan instead of a Black guy.

  4. Saul Bass:

    My initial thoughts about what a title can do was to set mood and the prime underlying core of the film's story, to express the story in some metaphorical way. I saw the title as a way of conditioning the audience, so that when the film actually began, viewers would already have an emotional resonance with it.

  5. The President:

    Though we are keeping the metaphorical lights on, we are not the heroes that some make us out to be. The real' resistance' must come from American voters in 2020.

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. transparent
    • B. victimised
    • C. handsome
    • D. alternate

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