metaphorically

adverb
met·​a·​phor·​i·​cal·​ly | \ ˌme-tə-ˈfȯr-i-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce metaphorically (audio) , -ˈfär- \

Definition of metaphorically

: in a metaphorical or figurative sense rather than a literal sense : by using a metaphor At the center of every encryption system is a secret number or mathematical operation, metaphorically referred to as a key.— Peter Wayner At a typical event, he comes crashing onstage, delivers a macho statement of intent, metaphorically flexes his muscles, then roars away.— Terry McCarthy They settled in Somerville, Mass., next door to Cambridge but metaphorically across the tracks.— Laura Shapiro

First Known Use of metaphorically

1534, in the meaning defined above

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“Metaphorically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metaphorically. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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