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    A more abstract word for obstacle

    If we say "Mountains are obstacles" is a specific level metaphor, what is a more abstract, or generic level metaphor that carries the same meaning? For example,

    If "mountains are obstacles" is specific, then
    "barriers are XXXX" is generic.

    In other words, mountain is a more detailed example of barrier, as there can be other barriers, such as a pass, a river, etc. What is the more generic word that can have "obstacle" as its more detailed example?

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    Re: A more abstract word for obstacle

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    If we say "Mountains are obstacles" is a specific level metaphor, what is a more abstract, or generic level metaphor that carries the same meaning? For example,

    If "mountains are obstacles" is specific, then
    "barriers are XXXX" is generic.

    In other words, mountain is a more detailed example of barrier, as there can be other barriers, such as a pass, a river, etc. What is the more generic word that can have "obstacle" as its more detailed example?

    Thanks a lot.
    Barrier or obstacle, they are both "generic" words used to refer to something that retards progress either in physical or metaphorical sense.
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    Re: A more abstract word for obstacle

    Thanks. What I want to know is a word more generic than obstacle, or a word less generic than obstacle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Barrier or obstacle, they are both "generic" words used to refer to something that retards progress either in physical or metaphorical sense.
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    Re: A more abstract word for obstacle

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    Thanks. What I want to know is a word more generic than obstacle, or a word less generic than obstacle.

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    HAve you consulted a thesaurus yet?
    obstacle synonym | Thesaurus.com

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