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- adj. Pertaining to or characterized by a metaphor; figurative; symbolic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or of the nature of metaphor; consisting of or abounding in metaphor; not literal: as, a metaphorical expression; a metaphorical use of words.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another
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Most of these pictures are what I call metaphorical in the sense that they are not real life.
"It's not until a violent climax at the Casino that the two halves of the plot come together, and then the connection is more convincing in metaphorical than literal terms."
Couching the bailout in metaphorical terms, Miller said there was a "strong possibility of significant profit to taxpayers for taking this journey with us."
Read Roger: An object lesson in metaphorical consonance
In alchemy, the distinction between the literal and the metaphorical is fundamental.
Apocalypses usually describe historical events in metaphorical terms and also make predictions for the future.
While science describes our world through facts and figures, art and literature describes our world in metaphorical ways, by allowing us to see with our hearts what our minds sometimes have trouble fathoming.
When McCain announced his suspension, he called a metaphorical time-out on third and debate.
25 I had heard that quote previously but had thought it referred to metaphorical connections.
What’s worse is that it is explained in metaphorical terms.
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