metaphorically love


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  • adv. In a metaphoric manner; not literally; by means of metaphor.
  • adv. Used to draw attention that what follows is a metaphor, not to be taken literally

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a metaphorical manner or sense; by way of metaphor; not literally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a metaphorical manner


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metaphorical +‎ -ly


  • On the other hand, to say that a hurricane is a steam motor is not to use the term metaphorically, but literally: one is saying that the hurricane embodies the same engineering diagram as a steam motor: it uses a reservoir of heat and operates via differences of temperature circulated through a Carnot cycle.

    Reflections on GardenWorld Politics Douglass Carmichael

  • Perhaps they mean to use the term metaphorically, but in the Nixon White House there was an actual list, compiled by Chuck Colson at the behest of John Dean.


  • The Greeks called the island Ichnussa, or footprint, because of its shape, but Sardinia's central location makes the term metaphorically appropriate as well.

    Legacy in Stone

  • His discovery includes an utterance that metaphorically is somewhat connected to a scientific view of the beginnings:

    Sena Jeter Naslund: Beginning Again With Adam & Eve

  • Much as I am in favor of a politician doing in reality what they usually do metaphorically, is this really news?

    DeLay makes dancing debut

  • The people of Ayodhya (metaphorically translates to a place of no war) welcomed the trio by lighting rows (avali) of lamps (deepa), hence the name of the festival, Deepavali, or Diwali.

    Anju Bhargava: Out of Many, One: Diwali Illuminates Unity

  • a man has used a term metaphorically, or predicated it of itself as though it were something different.


  • Labrousse wasn’t using the expression metaphorically.

    206 BONES

  • Thomas Hardy's ashes are also interred at Westminster, save his heart and I don't mean that metaphorically, which is buried in Dorset.

    John Lundberg: Ted Hughes Memorialized at Poets' Corner

  • There's been a breakthrough, and we do not use that word metaphorically, in the story of 33 Chilean miners who've been trapped underground since August 5th.

    A Shaft Of Hope Opens For Trapped Miners


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