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noun as in figure of speech, implied comparison

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Example Sentences

“Metaphors have always been the best way of explaining things,” Senhor José says in All the Names.

This descent and all of its trials serve as metaphors for the brutal task of breaking the chains of guilt, fear, and doubt.

She is laconic, matter of fact, and frequently speaks in “life is a journey”-type metaphors and aphorisms—all part of her charm.

The unsuspecting reader should prepare for bad jokes, weird metaphors, and bizarre contradictions.

The meaning of a “probability” estimate can be understood by resorting to the last refuge of political metaphors: sports.

Sensible people, who delight in exact imagery, of course, are led away by comparisons and metaphors.

The similes and metaphors, however bold and original, are always drawn from the life of the speakers.

Sassafras, youre feeding Tessie too much red meat, said Tootles, shifting his metaphors as Sam came to the rescue.

They must be kept hidden, veiled with mystery—if one wished to refer to them, he must employ metaphors and polite evasions.

We always find that those are the greatest slaves to metaphorical language, who have but one set of metaphors.


On this page you'll find 11 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to metaphors, such as: symbol, image, analogy, similitude, emblem, and personification.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.