metaphorical

Part of speech: adjective

Relating to or abounding in metaphor; figurative.

Part of speech: adverb

Metaphorically. metaphoric.

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Usage examples "metaphorical":

  1. Indeed, quite a little disagreement had arisen between herself and her son- in- law, the young incumbent, in consequence, the upshot of which was that the campaigner removed her bag and baggage from the parsonage, shaking off the metaphorical dust from her feet, and wondering how " they would get on without her." - "Caught in a Trap", John C. Hutcheson.
  2. The expression was metaphorical, for she was far from being able to run; but she crept quietly up and down the walks, and gathered some polyanthuses, putting them to her face with that pleasure which the touch of fresh flowers gives to an invalid. - "Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances", Juliana Horatia Ewing.
  3. Among all interpreters, Calvin has given the most admirable interpretation of this verse: When the prophet says that the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, these are metaphorical expressions, by which he indicates that the Lord will show signs of His wrath to all the ends of the earth, as if a whole revolution of nature were to take place, in order that men may be stirred up by terror. - "Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1", Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg.