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Metaphor GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

Metaphor GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

/ˈmet.ə.fɔːʳ/ (noun)


a figure of speech that compares two different things in a literary way, symbol, allegory, image, analogy, simile, comparison, trope, representation


A metaphor is a figure of speech that, for rhetorical effect, directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. It may provide (or obscure) clarity or identify hidden similarities between two different ideas. Metaphors are often compared with other types of figurative language, such as antithesis, hyperbole, metonymy and simile. One of the most commonly cited examples of a metaphor in English literature comes from the “All the world’s a stage” monologue from As You Like It:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances …
— William Shakespeare, As You Like It


Parts of speech

Adjective: metaphorical

Adjective: metaphoric

Adverb: metaphorically

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