Figurative
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Figurative

English

Etymology

From Middle French figuratif.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /'fjt?v/
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Adjective

figurative (comparative more figurative, superlative most figurative)

  1. Of use as a metaphor, simile, or metonym, as opposed to literal; using figures; as when saying that someone who eats more than they should is a pig or like a pig.
    • 2005 May 1, "The Sea of Love", in New York Times[1]:
      The lovers she seems to pursue with her figurative language in fact retreat under the barrage of similes, metaphors and fables.
  2. Metaphorically so called.
  3. With many figures of speech.
  4. Emblematic, symbolic; representative, exemplative
    • (Can we date this quote by Hooker and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      This, they will say, was figurative, and served, by God's appointment, but for a time, to shadow out the true glory of a more divine sanctity.
  5. (art) representing forms recognisable in life and clearly derived from real object sources, in contrast to abstract art.
    • (Can we date this quote by J. A. Symonds and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      They belonged to a nation dedicated to the figurative arts, and they wrote for a public familiar with painted form.

Usage notes

  • Said of language, expression, etc.

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French

Pronunciation

Adjective

figurative

  1. feminine singular of figuratif

German

Pronunciation

Adjective

figurative

  1. inflection of figurativ:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian

Adjective

figurative

  1. Feminine plural of adjective figurativo.

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Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

figurative

  1. definite singular/plural of figurativ

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

figurative

  1. definite singular/plural of figurativ

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