AskDefine | Define figurative

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figurative adj
1 (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech; "figurative language" [syn: nonliteral] [ant: literal]
2 consisting of or forming human or animal figures; "a figural design"; "the figurative art of the humanistic tradition"- Herbert Read [syn: figural]

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figurative (figuratively)
  1. Metaphorical, as opposed to literal, a form of speech in which figures of speech are applied and there is an intention for the reader to understand a deeper meaning than the face-value of the words. Also known as "reading between the lines."
    • The lovers she seems to pursue with her figurative language in fact retreat under the barrage of similes, metaphors and fables. — New York Times, May 1, 2005
  2. Metaphorically so called
  3. With many figures of speech
  4. Emblematic



metaphorical form of speech
metaphorically so called
with many figures of speech



  1. Feminine plural form of figurativo

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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