non·​met·​a·​phor·​i·​cal ˌnän-ˌme-tə-ˈfȯr-i-kəl How to pronounce nonmetaphorical (audio)
: not of, relating to, or employing a metaphor
a straightforward, nonmetaphorical explanation
Some of our conceptual understandings of love, marriage, anger and other abstract concepts may be nonmetaphorical, but a great many of these abstract concepts appear to be constituted by metaphor.Raymond W. Gibbs

Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonmetaphorical was in 1941

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“Nonmetaphorical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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