Metaphor synonyms

mĕt'ə-fôr', -fər
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A figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another, dissimilar thing by the use of like, as, etc. (Ex.: a heart as big as a whale, her tears flowed like wine)
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A gradual deviation from an original course, model, method, or intention.
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A figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways, such as a metaphor.
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Having to do with figure drawing, painting, etc.
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Pertaining to or characterized by a metaphor; figurative; symbolic.
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A story in which people, things, and happenings have a hidden or symbolic meaning
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(Biol.) Similarity in function between parts dissimilar in origin and structure, as the wing of a bird and that of an insect
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The exact wording or an exact copy of a legal document
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To express as or in the form of an allegory:
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To describe something using metaphors
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An expression that uses language in a nonliteral way, such as a metaphor or synecdoche, or in a structured or unusual way, such as anaphora or chiasmus, or that employs sounds, such as alliteration or assonance, to achieve a rhetorical effect.
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Mystical interpretation, as of the Scriptures, intended to reveal a hidden, spiritual meaning
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A small, imaginatively designed item
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A mental picture of something not real or present:
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The use of expressive or evocative images in art, literature, or music.
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A sense of importance or purpose:
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A figure of speech in which the name of one thing is used in place of that of another associated with or suggested by it (Ex.: “the White House” for “the President”)
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A written or printed mark, letter, abbreviation, etc. standing for an object, quality, process, quantity, etc., as in music, mathematics, or chemistry
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A figure of speech in which the name of a part is used to stand for the whole (as hand for sailor ), the whole for a part (as the law for police officer ), the specific for the general (as cutthroat for assassin ), the general for the specific (as thief for pickpocket ), or the material for the thing made from it (as steel for sword ).
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The concrete or specific word or phrase that is applied to the tenor of a metaphor and gives the metaphor its figurative power, as walking shadow in
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Find another word for metaphor. In this page you can discover 24 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for metaphor, like: simile, drift, trope, implied comparison, comparison, figurative, metaphorical, allegory, analogy, tenor and allegorize.