1. metaphor

noun. ['ˈmɛtəfɔr'] 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.


  • synesthetic metaphor
  • image
  • frozen metaphor
  • dead metaphor
  • figure
  • mixed metaphor
  • trope


  • multiply
  • integrate
  • differentiate
  • add


  • metaphora (Latin)
  • μεταφορά (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Words that Rhyme with Metaphor

  • balfour
  • defore
  • duffour
  • spadafore

Example sentences of the word metaphor

1. Noun, singular or mass
The poem ends with a single metaphor with the line "Or does it explode?"

2. Adjective
Through metaphor cultural beliefs are explained.

Quotes containing the word metaphor

1. It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing.
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

2. Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average reader's daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage.
- John le Carre

3. 'Safe Harbor' is a state of mind... it's the place - in reality or metaphor - to which one goes in times of trouble or worry. It can be a friendship, marriage, church, garden, beach, poem, prayer, or song.
- Luanne Rice