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What is an entity metaphor?

 

Definition
 

An entity metaphor is an ontological metaphor in which an abstraction is represented as a concrete physical object.

Examples (English)
 
  • In the following sentences, the mind is represented as a machine or a brittle object:

    • We're still trying to grind out the solution to this equation.
    • My mind just isn’t operating today.
    • Her ego is very fragile.
    • You have to handle him with care since his wife’s death.
  • Kind
      Here is a kind of entity metaphor:
     
    Generic
      An entity metaphor is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Lakoff and Johnson 1980:25, 27–28


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