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- adj. Like a metaphor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to metaphor; comprising a metaphor; not literal; figurative; tropical
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as metaphorical.
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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Cleanliness is not next to godliness; in metaphoric terms at least, it is godliness.
And the fourth is usually described as a metaphoric reference to the setting of the sun, the end of one's day on earth.
Now right here’s where this post gets weird: This kind of experience – where the universe speaks in metaphoric language – is no longer unusual.
Its trenchant sci-fi/fantasy parables explore humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional drama cannot.
Henry Kissinger, in his 1979 memoirs, The White House Years, was among the first to give the word a metaphoric stretch: “I favored European unity, but I was agnostic about the form it should take.”
It took on a kind of metaphoric significance that was wholly unintentional.
In New York, Afrocentric radicals have determined that truth can be "metaphoric" rather than actual-if a black child is killed in a traffic accident involving a white driver, it can be called "murder" because black children have always been brutalized by whites.
Is this a kind of metaphoric death you've created for him?
This kind of metaphoric thinking can do some bad stuff.
His latest "On Language" column is called "Go To!" and is mostly an unobjectionable discussion of the spread of two terms that originated in sports jargon: go-to (as in "go-to guy") and walk-off (as in "walk-off home run"); he wonders if the latter will undergo the same kind of metaphoric extension as the former.