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Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things, just like metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated.
John Berger

Meaning of "metaphor" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD METAPHOR

From Latin, from Greek metaphora, from metapherein to transfer, from meta- + pherein to bear.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF METAPHOR

metaphor  [ˈmɛtəfə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF METAPHOR

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Metaphor is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES METAPHOR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

metaphor

Metaphor

A metaphor is 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. It is, put simply a figure of speech that compares two unlike things without using like or as. It is not to be mistaken with a simile which does use like or as in comparisons. Metaphor is a type of analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve their effects via association, comparison or resemblance including allegory, hyperbole, and simile. One of the most prominent examples of a metaphor in English literature is the All the world's a stage monologue from As You Like It: All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; —William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 2/7 This quotation contains a metaphor because the world is not literally a stage. By figuratively asserting that the world is a stage, Shakespeare uses the points of comparison between the world and a stage to convey an understanding about the mechanics of the world and the lives of the people within it. The Philosophy of Rhetoric by I. A.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH METAPHOR


autobiographer
ˌɔ:təʊbaɪˈɒɡrəfə
biographer
baɪˈɒɡrəfə
cartographer
kɑːˈtɒɡrəfə
choreographer
ˌkɒrɪˈɒɡrəfə
Christopher
ˈkrɪstəfə
cinematographer
ˌsɪnɪməˈtɒɡrəfə
demographer
dɪˈmɒɡrəfə
ethnographer
ɛθˈnɒɡrəfə
geographer
dʒɪˈɒɡrəfə
jatropha
ˈdʒætrəfə
lexicographer
ˌleksɪˈkɒɡrəfə
lithographer
lɪˈθɒɡrəfə
oceanographer
ˌəʊʃəˈnɒɡrəfə
philosopher
fɪˈlɒsəfə
photographer
fəˈtɒɡrəfə
pornographer
pɔːˈnɒɡrəfə
radiographer
ˌreɪdɪˈɒɡrəfə
stenographer
stəˈnɒɡrəfə
typographer
taɪˈpɒɡrəfə
videographer
ˌvɪdɪˈɒɡrəfə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE METAPHOR

metaphase
metaphoric
metaphorical
metaphorically
metaphoricalness
metaphorist
metaphosphate
metaphosphoric acid
metaphrase
metaphrasis
metaphrast
metaphrastic
metaphrastical
metaphrastically
metaphysic
metaphysical
metaphysically
metaphysician
metaphysicise
metaphysicist

WORDS THAT END LIKE METAPHOR

abhor
anaphor
anchor
at anchor
author
biophor
camphor
canephor
cast anchor
coauthor
ephor
ichor
iodophor
khor
mixed metaphor
petrichor
phosphor
Senghor
senhor
Thor

Synonyms and antonyms of metaphor in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «METAPHOR»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «metaphor» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of metaphor

Translation of «metaphor» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF METAPHOR

Find out the translation of metaphor to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of metaphor from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «metaphor» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

隐喻
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

metáfora
570 millions of speakers

English

metaphor
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

रूपक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الاستعارة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

метафора
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

metáfora
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

রুপক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

métaphore
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Metafora
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Metapher
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

比喩
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

은유
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kiasan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ẩn dụ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

உருவகம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

रुपक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

mecaz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

metafora
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

metafora
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

метафора
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

metaforă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αλληγορία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

metafoor
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

metafor
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

metafor
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of metaphor

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «METAPHOR»

The term «metaphor» is very widely used and occupies the 22.171 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «METAPHOR» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about metaphor

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10 QUOTES WITH «METAPHOR»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word metaphor.
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Damon Albarn
The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that it's almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture to move around genres and sort of change you ideas, change your face, you know?
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Ian Anderson
If you're gonna use simile, analogy, metaphor, be descriptive and have some flowery adjectives and a few odd nouns and some engaging bits of dialogue or sentiment, then you're sort of writing a novel, really. But rock lyrics are not really known for their sophistication.
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Aharon Appelfeld
The Holocaust is a central event in many people's lives, but it also has become a metaphor for our century. There cannot be an end to speaking and writing about it. Besides, in Israel, everyone carries a biography deep inside him.
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Margaret Atwood
The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation. I don't think I solve problems in my poetry; I think I uncover the problems.
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Alan Ball
It's easy to look at the vampires as a metaphor for any feared or misunderstood group. It's also easy to look at them as a metaphor for a shadow organization that says one thing and has a completely different agenda on their mind, and anybody who gets in their way, they just get rid of them. Does that sound familiar?
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Mark Barrowcliffe
In a way, the road between Huaraz and the lodge is a metaphor for Peruvian politics. It used to be in good repair, and in some places still is.
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John Battelle
We speak of 'software eating the world,' 'the Internet of Things,' and we massify 'data' by declaring it 'Big.' But these concepts remain for the most part abstract. It's hard for many of us to grasp the impact of digital technology on the 'real world' of things like rocks, homes, cars, and trees. We lack a metaphor that hits home.
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Annette Bening
We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of 'how do we find our authentic selves?' And that we all - whether we're actors or not - perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am?
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John Berger
Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things, just like metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated.
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Isaiah Berlin
The fundamental sense of freedom is freedom from chains, from imprisonment, from enslavement by others. The rest is extension of this sense, or else metaphor.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «METAPHOR»

Discover the use of metaphor in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to metaphor and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Metaphor and Thought
The volume also includes six new chapters that present important and influential new ideas about metaphor that have appeared in such fields as the philosophy of language and the philosophy of science, linguistics, cognitive and clinical ...
Andrew Ortony, 1993
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Metaphor:A Practical Introduction
Beginning with Lakoff and Johnson's seminal work in Metaphors We Live By, Kovecses outlines the development of "the cognitive linguistic theory of metaphor" by explaining key ideas on metaphor.
Zoltan Kovecses, 2002
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Aspects of Metaphor
In this volume, authors of some of the most important new approaches re-present their views or illustrate them by means of applications, thus allowing the reader to survey some of the prominent ongoing developments in this field.
Jaakko Hintikka, 1994
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Metaphor and Corpus Linguistics
This book is addressed at readers from diverse academic backgrounds who are interested in ways of researching metaphor from different perspectives, and especially through corpus linguistics.
Alice Deignan, 2005
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Pictorial Metaphor in Advertising
Metaphor has a predicative character and is capable of referring to an extralinguistic reality—although this reality is not necessarily an already existing one. The processing of a metaphor involves more than making sense of the semantic ...
Charles Forceville, 2002
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Metaphor and Analogy in the Sciences
"Science constructs its objects": is this a metaphor? It does not necessarily mean anyway that the real does not pre-exist.
F. Hallyn, 2000
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The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor: A Perspective from Chinese
This volume aims to contribute to the theory of metaphor from the viewpoint of Chinese, in order to help place the theory into a wider cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective.
Ning Yu, 1998
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Metaphors We Live By
In this updated edition of Lakoff and Johnson's influential book, the authors supply an afterword surveying how their theory of metaphor has developed within the cognitive sciences to become central to the contemporary understanding of how ...
George Lakoff, Mark Johnson, 2008
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The Rule of Metaphor: The Creation of Meaning in Language
First Published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Paul Ricoeur, 2004
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Sheila Hicks Weaving as Metaphor
This text examines the small woven and wrought works artist Sheila Hicks has produced over years.
Nina Stritzler-Levine, Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «METAPHOR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term metaphor is used in the context of the following news items.
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Kandahar storage facility 'metaphor' for US mission in Afghanistan
Contract amendments on an Afghan $14.7 million storage facility that the US Army no longer needed is a “metaphor” for Washington's war in ... «Press TV, Jul 15»
2
“First Base and Beyond” Expands the Baseball Metaphor For Getting …
Ever since God said “play ball” to humanity and inserted Eve alongside Adam at the top of the very first Opening Day lineup, we all know there's ... «RantSports, Jul 15»
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Essay calls for new metaphor -- clogged pipeline -- on academic …
But to carry this increasingly contested metaphor one step farther, recent trends suggest the pipe is clogging farther up the line. Faculty ... «Inside Higher Ed, Jul 15»
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Atticus Finch as metaphor for the South
In this 1962 photo, actor Gregory Peck is shown as attorney Atticus Finch, a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of ... «mySanAntonio.com, Jul 15»
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The New Yorker's Donald Trump cover is the perfect metaphor for …
The cover shows that Donald Trump's presidential campaign is making a big splash in the Republican primaries, but also that Trump is making ... «Vox, Jul 15»
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The Most Perfect Metaphor for New Motherhood
Isla. That is the name of the baby a friend of mine is waiting to bring into the world at any moment. I have been thinking a lot about this lovely ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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Netanyahu Meth Metaphor Focuses Debate on Inspections as …
How does that statement sit with the Netanyahu meth inspection metaphor? J Street does not answer directly, but links to three outside sources, ... «The Jewish Press, Jul 15»
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The rain metaphor
Rain is of as much significance in the realms of literature as it is in the monsoon-awaiting plains of India. Symbolising both pain and pleasure, ... «mydigitalfc.com, Jul 15»
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Amina Zakari As Metaphor for Gender Equality
Nigeria: Amina Zakari As Metaphor for Gender Equality. tweet. share. Google+. comment. email. more. By Ifeanyi Alia. Nigerian women are ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
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Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of ... «Acupuncture Today, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Metaphor [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/metaphor>. May 2019 ».
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