metaphor - definition and synonyms

 
noun 

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/ˈmetəfə(r)/

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/ˈmetəfɔː(r)/
singularmetaphor
pluralmetaphors
  1. 1
    [countable] literature a word or phrase that means one thing and is used for referring to another thing in order to emphasize their similar qualities

    He uses the metaphor of the family to describe the role of the state.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the use of metaphors in literature
  2. 2
    [countable] something that is intended to represent another situation or idea
    metaphor for:

    It is easy to see the crumbling building as a metaphor for the society of the time.

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