figurative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French figuratif.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪɡəɹətɪv/
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Adjective[edit]

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
    • 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
      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.
    • 1875-1886, John Addington Symonds, Renaissance in Italy
      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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French[edit]

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figurative

  1. feminine singular of figuratif

German[edit]

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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[edit]

Adjective[edit]

figurative

  1. feminine plural of figurativo

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

figurative

  1. definite singular/plural of figurativ

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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figurative

  1. definite singular/plural of figurativ