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Meaning of METAPHOR

Pronunciation:  'metu`for

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  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
 

METAPHOR is a 8 letter word that starts with M.

 

 See Also: dead metaphor, figure, figure of speech, frozen metaphor, image, mixed metaphor, synesthetic metaphor, trope

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Met"a*phor\, n. [F. m['e]taphore, L. metaphora, fr.
Gr. ?, fr. ? to carry over, transfer; meta` beyond, over +
fe`rein to bring, bear.] (Rhet.)
The transference of the relation between one set of objects
to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a
compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea. --Abbott &
Seeley. ``All the world's a stage.'' --Shak.

Note: The statement, ``that man is a fox,'' is a metaphor;
      but ``that man is like a fox,'' is a simile,
      similitude, or comparison.

 
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