metaphorical

metaphorical
met|a|phor|i|cal [ ,metə`fɔrıkl ] adjective
a 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.


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