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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French figuratif

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): /ˈfɪɡjʊɹətɪv/

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AdjectiveEdit

figurative (comparative more figurative, superlative most figurative)

  1. Metaphorical or tropical, as opposed to literal; using figures; as of the use of "cats and dogs" in the phrase "It's raining cats and dogs".
    • 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; representative
    • Hooker
      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.
    • J. A. Symonds
      They belonged to a nation dedicated to the figurative arts, and they wrote for a public familiar with painted form.

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  • Said of language, expression, etc.

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FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

figurative

  1. feminine singular of figuratif

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

figurative

  1. feminine plural of figurativo

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

AdjectiveEdit

figurative

  1. definite singular and plural of figurativ

Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

figurative

  1. definite singular and plural of figurativ