metaphorically Definition

in a way that uses or relates to metaphor; figuratively.

Using metaphorically: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "metaphorically" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    When he said he was 'drowning in paperwork,' he was speaking metaphorically.

  • Example

    She described her heart as a 'broken vase,' using the word 'vase' metaphorically.

  • Example

    The phrase 'a sea of troubles' is used metaphorically in Hamlet.

metaphorically Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for metaphorically


Summary: metaphorically in Brief

The adverb 'metaphorically' [ˌmɛtəˈfɔrɪkli] refers to something that is not meant to be taken literally, but rather as a figure of speech or comparison. It is often used to describe something in a symbolic or allegorical way, such as 'She described her heart as a broken vase, using the word vase metaphorically.'

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