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metaphorical Line breaks: meta|phor¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtəˈfɒrɪkl/

Definition of metaphorical in English:


Characteristic of or relating to metaphor; figurative: many of our metaphorical expressions develop from our perceptions of the body
More example sentences
  • But is a call to metaphorical arms against an imaginary adversary counter-productive?
  • Salt's ability to preserve and sustain life has made it a metaphorical symbol in every religion.
  • All the proposed reasons given have been either metaphorical or analogous.
imaginative, fanciful, extended
rare parabolic, tropical



Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtəˈfɒrɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • The usual suspect, Mr Duff, was never really in the running - literally as well as metaphorically.
  • The frescos metaphorically exalted, from outer tier to inner tier, the glories of an immense maritime empire.
  • You find yourself sympathising with him even as you metaphorically shield your eyes from yet another throat being cut or head being smashed in.

Words that rhyme with metaphorical

ahistorical, allegorical, categorical, historical, oratorical, phantasmagorical, rhetorical

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