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Synonyms for metaphor
ˈmɛt əˌfɔr, -fər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. metaphor(noun)

    a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. metaphor

    In modern usage we may say that an allegory is an extended simile, while a metaphor is an abbreviated simile contained often in a phrase, perhaps in a word. The simile carries its comparison on the surface, in the words as, like, or similar expressions; the metaphor is given directly without any note of comparison. The allegory, parable, or fable tells its story as if true, leaving the reader or hearer to discover its fictitious character and learn its lesson. All these are, in strict definition, fictions; but the word fiction is now applied almost exclusively to novels or romances. An allegory is a moral or religious tale, of which the moral lesson is the substance, and all descriptions and incidents but accessories, as in "The Pilgrim's Progress." A fable is generally briefer, representing animals as the speakers and actors, and commonly conveying some lesson of practical wisdom or shrewdness, as "The Fables of Æsop." A parable is exclusively moral or religious, briefer and less adorned than an allegory, with its lesson more immediately discernible, given, as it were, at a stroke. Any comparison, analogy, instance, example, tale, anecdote, or the like which serves to let in light upon a subject may be called an illustration, this word in its widest use including all the rest. Compare FICTION; STORY.

    Synonyms:
    allegory, fable, fiction, illustration, parable, simile

    Antonyms:
    chronicle, fact, history, narrative, record

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. metaphor

    Synonyms:
    similitude, image

    Antonyms:
    letter, literalness

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. metaphor(n.)

    Synonyms:
    similitude (without the signs of comparison), simile (expressed in a word)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. metaphor(n)

    Synonyms:
    simile

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    analogy

How to pronounce metaphor?

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How to use metaphor in a sentence?

  1. Francesca Boschetti:

    In times of personal travails or great social upheaval such as during and between the two world wars, even artists who did not normally do religious themes turned to them as a metaphor for suffering and violence.

  2. Paul Valery:

    The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

  3. Alvin Toffler:

    The recognition that no knowledge can be complete, no metaphor entire, is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error.

  4. Caroline Hickman:

    We need to engage with the reality of climate change in order to deal with it, the monster gives us a metaphor, a narrative through which we can do that.

  5. Sterling Backus:

    I was shaking in my boots since it was like getting a call from the Pope and he is coming to dinner, of course, a metaphor, but just to give( you) the idea of the gravity to me, personally.


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