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metaphorically

Definition:

in a metaphorical manner

Class:

adverb (modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb)

Derived from:

metaphorical

Comparative:

more metaphorically

Superlative:

most metaphorically

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

she expressed herself metaphorically

Etymology:

from Latin, from Greek metaphora, from metapherein to transfer, from meta- +...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Metaphor

a figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object. Metaphor is a type of analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve... (43 of 3103 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Metaphor

Collins Dictionary:

metaphorically | metaphor | figuratively [synonym, sense-specific] | metaphorical [adjective, derived]

in a way which is of or relating to figures of speech in which a word or ... | a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or ... (34 of 441 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/metaphorically

Merriam-Webster:

metaphor | symbol [sense-specific, synonym] | broadly [synonym, sense-specific] | conceit [synonym, sense-specific] | device [similar, sense-specific] | circumlocution [similar, sense-specific] | code word [similar, sense-specific] | crank [similar, sense-specific] | dead metaphor [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of ... | an object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor; "symbol" ... (26 of 317 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/metaphor

American Heritage Dictionary:

metaphor | metaphoric [adjective, related] | metaphorical [adjective, related] | metaphorically [adverb, related]

A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one ... | One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol (23 of 107 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metaphor

Cambridge Dictionary:

metaphorical | metaphoric | metaphorically [adverb, derived]

describes language which contains metaphors | not having real existence but symbolic and showing some truth about a situation or other subject (21 of 106 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/metaphorical

Macmillan British Dictionary:

metaphorical | metaphorically [adverb, related]

a metaphorical word, phrase, image etc is intended to represent or emphasize particular aspects of something else ; using metaphors (20 of 67 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/metaphorical

New World Dictionary:

metaphor | metaphoric [related] | metaphorically [adverb, related]

a figure of speech containing an implied comparison, in which a word or phrase ordinarily and primarily used of one thing is applied to another (Ex.: ... (26 of 64 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metaphor

Oxford Dictionary:

metaphorical | figurative [synonym] | metaphorically [derived]

characteristic of or relating to metaphor; figurative (7 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/metaphorical

Wiktionary:

metaphorically

[manner] In a metaphoric manner; not literally; by means of metaphor. | [speech acts] Used to draw attention that what follows is a metaphor, not to be taken literally (28 of 29 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/metaphorically

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

metaphorically | metaphor

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin, from Greek metaphora, from metapherein to transfer, from meta- + pherein to bear

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/metaphorically

Wiktionary:

metaphorically

Origin: metaphorical + -ly

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/metaphorically

-ly

Origin: Middle English -ly, -li, -lich, from Old English -līċ, from Proto-Germanic *-līkaz ("having ... | Old English -līċe. (17 of 42 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ly

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

metaphorically | metaphor

Audio: British English pronunciation of "metaphorically"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/metaphorically

Cambridge Dictionary:

metaphorical

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "metaphorically"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "metaphorically"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/metaphorical

Macmillan British Dictionary:

metaphorical

Audio: British English pronunciation of "metaphorically"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/metaphorical

Macmillan American Dictionary:

metaphorical

Audio: North American pronunciation of "metaphorically"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/metaphorical

the Free Dictionary:

metaphorically

Audio: British English pronunciation of "metaphorically"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/metaphorically

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

metaphorically

Audio: North American pronunciation of "metaphorically"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=metaph​05 word=metaphorically

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