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1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in "a sea of troubles" or "All the world's a stage" (Shakespeare).
2. One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol: "Hollywood has always been an irresistible, prefabricated metaphor for the crass, the materialistic, the shallow, and the craven" (Neal Gabler).
[Middle English methaphor, from Old French metaphore, from Latin metaphora, from Greek, transference, metaphor, from metapherein, to transfer : meta-, meta- + pherein, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]
met′a·phor′ic (-fôr′ĭk), met′a·phor′i·cal adj.
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|Adj.||1.||metaphorical - expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another; "a metaphorical expression"; "metaphoric language"|
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adjective figurative, symbolic, emblematic, allegorical, emblematical, tropical (Rhetoric) The ship may be heading for the metaphorical rocks unless a buyer can be found.
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metaphorical[ˌmetəˈfɒrɪkəl] ADJ → metafórico
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metaphorical[ˌmɛtəˈfɒrɪkəl] adj (= figurative) → métaphorique
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adj → metaphorisch
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