- met|a|phor|i|cal [ ,metə`fɔrıkl ] adjectivea metaphorical word, phrase, image, etc. is intended to represent or emphasize particular aspects of something else:Everyone breathed a metaphorical sigh of relief.a. using metaphors:a metaphorical interpretation of the Bible╾ met|a|phor|i|cal|ly [ ,metə`fɔrıkli ] adverb:The company has to be prepared, metaphorically speaking, to leap into the dark.─ opposite LITERAL
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.