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Definition 1: (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where figurative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • figurative language

Synonyms for figurative in the sense of this definition

(figurative is similar to ...) expressing, composed of, or based on an analogy

"the analogical use of a metaphor"

(figurative is similar to ...) beyond the literal or primary sense

"`hot off the press' shows an extended sense of `hot'"

(figurative is similar to ...) expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another

"a metaphorical expression" "metaphoric language"

(figurative is similar to ...) using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated

"to say `he spent the evening reading Shakespeare' is metonymic because it substitutes the author himself for the author's works"

(figurative is similar to ...) characterized by romantic imagery

"Turner's vision of the rainbow...was poetic"

(figurative is similar to ...) using the name of a part for that of the whole or the whole for the part; or the special for the general or the general for the special; or the material for the thing made of it

"to use `hand' for `worker' or `ten sail' for `ten ships' or `steel' for `sword' is to use a synecdochic figure of speech"

(figurative is similar to ...) characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense

(means also ...) given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought

"mere rhetorical frippery"

Definition 2: consisting of or forming human or animal figures - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where figurative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a figural design
  • the figurative art of the humanistic tradition

Synonyms for figurative in the sense of this definition

(figurative is similar to ...) (used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen

"representational art" "representational images"

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