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Definitions of figurative

  1. consisting of or forming human or animal figures; "a figural design"; "the figurative art of the humanistic tradition"- Herbert Read Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech; "figurative language" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a highly figurative description. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure, n., 2. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; - applied to words and expressions. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Representing by figures, resemblances, or types; ornate; flowery; as, a description highly figurative; symbolical; unreal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Figuratively. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. (rhet.) Representing by, containing or abounding in figures; metaphorical; flowery; typical. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Containing figures; metaphorical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Representing something else; representing by resemblance; not literal or direct; abounding in figures of speech; flowery. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Not real; representing something else; typical. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; -- applied to words and expressions. mso.anu.edu.au
  14. Emblematic, typical; pictorial or plastic; metaphorical, not literal; metaphorically so called; abounding in, addicted to, figures of speech. Hence figuratively adv., figurativeness n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. Representing something else, typical; not literal; full of rhetorical exhortations. Complete Dictionary
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