figurative

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French figuratif

Adjective[edit]

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”, New York Times:
      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

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  • Said of language, expression, etc.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

figurative f

  1. feminine form of figuratif

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

figurative f

  1. Feminine plural form of figurativo

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