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Synonyms for metaphor
ˈmɛt əˌfɔr, -fər

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. metaphornoun

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. metaphornoun

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. metaphornoun

    Synonyms:
    simile

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "metaphor":

    analogy

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How to use metaphor in a sentence?

  1. Bruno Dumont:

    Cinema is a metaphor. So what is local becomes a metaphor. So I don't see a problem in making a very French film that at the same time, because it is very French, will become an international film.

  2. Read MoreBassi:

    Of course, a metaphor, but just to give( you) the idea of the gravity to me, personally.

  3. Northrop Frye:

    The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.

  4. Haimer abdou:

    The homeland is a language and exile is a metaphor

  5. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    Not so many years ago there was no simpler or more intelligible notion than that of going on a journey. Travel --movement through space --provided the universal metaphor for change. One of the subtle confusions --perhaps one of the secret terrors --of modern life is that we have lost this refuge. No longer do we move through space as we once did.

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