metaphorize

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

metaphor \met"a*phor'\ (m[e^]t"[.a]*f[^o]r' or m[e^]t"[.a]*f[~e]r), noun [F. m['e]taphore, L. metaphora, fr. Gr. metafora', fr. metafe'rein to carry over, transfer; meta' beyond, over + fe'rein to bring, bear.] (Rhet.) The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea. --Abbott & Seeley. "All the world's a stage." --Shak.

Note: The statement, "that man is a fox," is a metaphor; but "that man is like a fox," is a simile, similitude, or comparison. Metaphoric

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

metaphor

noun

1: a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity


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