figurative

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fig•ur•a•tive /ˈfɪgyərətɪv/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. Rhetoricof the nature of or involving a figure of speech, esp. a metaphor:She used the word "dead'' in a figurative sense to mean "tired.''
  2. Rhetoriccharacterized by or having figures of speech:[letters filled with figurative language.]
fig•ur•a•tive•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
fig•ur•a•tive  (figyər ə tiv), 
adj. 
  1. Rhetoricof the nature of or involving a figure of speech, esp. a metaphor;
    metaphorical;
    not literal:a figurative expression.
  2. metaphorically so called:His remark was a figurative boomerang.
  3. Rhetoricabounding in or fond of figures of speech:Elizabethan poetry is highly figurative.
  4. representing by means of a figure or likeness, as in drawing or sculpture.
  5. representing by a figure or emblem;
    emblematic.
Etymology:
  • Middle French
  • Late Latin figūrātīvus (see figurate, -ive); replacing Middle English figuratif
  • Middle English 1350–1400
figur•a•tive•ly, adv. 
figur•a•tive•ness, n. 
3 . ornate, ornamental, flowery, elaborate, florid, grandiloquent.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

figurative /ˈfɪɡərətɪv/ adj
  1. of the nature of, resembling, or involving a figure of speech; not literal; metaphorical
  2. using or filled with figures of speech
  3. representing by means of an emblem, likeness, figure, etc

ˈfiguratively adv ˈfigurativeness n



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