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- 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:
- The lovers she seems to pursue with her figurative language in fact retreat under the barrage of similes, metaphors and fables.
- Metaphorically so called.
- With many figures of speech.
- Emblematic; representative
- 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.
- J. A. Symonds
- They belonged to a nation dedicated to the figurative arts, and they wrote for a public familiar with painted form.
- Said of language, expression, etc.
metaphorical; not literal
metaphorically so called
with many figures of speech
- figurative in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- figurative in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- inflected form of