[fig-yer-uh-tiv] /ˈfɪg yər ə tɪv/

of the nature of or involving a , especially a metaphor; metaphorical and not literal: The word “head” has several figurative senses, as in “She’s the head of the company.”.
Synonyms: metaphorical, not literal, symbolic.
metaphorically so called:
His remark was a figurative boomerang.
abounding in or fond of :
Elizabethan poetry is highly figurative.
Synonyms: ornate, ornamental, flowery, elaborate, florid, grandiloquent.
representing by means of a or likeness, as in drawing or sculpture.
representing by a or emblem; emblematic.
of the nature of, resembling, or involving a figure of speech; not literal; metaphorical
using or filled with figures of speech
representing by means of an emblem, likeness, figure, etc
(in painting, sculpture, etc) of, relating to, or characterized by the naturalistic representation of the external world

late 14c., from Old French figuratif “metaphorical,” from Late Latin figurativus, from figurat-, past participle stem of figurare “to form, shape,” from figura “a shape, form, figure” (see figure (n.)). Of speech, language, etc., “involving figures of speech,” from 1845. Related: Figuratively.


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