noun Etymology: Middle English methaphor, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French metaphore, from Latin metaphora, from Greek, from metapherein to transfer, from meta- + pherein to bear — more at bear Date: 15th century 1. a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money); broadly figurative language — compare simile 2. an object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor ; symbol 2 • metaphoric or metaphorical adjectivemetaphorically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(without the signs of comparison), (expressed in a word)

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