- a collectively-inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., that is universally present, in individual psyches, as in Jungian psychology
- a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology.
A metaphor is a figure of speech that directly refers to one thing by mentioning another to provide clarity or identify hidden similarities between two ideas.
Metaphors show up in literature, poetry, music, and writing, but also in speech. If you hear someone say “metaphorically speaking,” it probably means that you shouldn’t take what they said as the truth, but as more of an idea.