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figurative

[ fig-yer-uh-tiv ]SEE DEFINITION OF figurative

Synonyms for figurative

  • allegorical
  • descriptive
  • fanciful
  • florid
  • metaphoric
  • metaphorical
  • pictorial
  • denotative
  • emblematic
  • emblematical
  • flowery
  • illustrative
  • ornate
  • poetical
  • representative
  • signifying
  • typical
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Antonyms for figurative

  • literal
  • real
  • straightforward
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FIGURATIVE

But these miscellaneous and figurative forces are not what we are considering.

Plato's account of the soul is partly mythical or figurative, and partly literal.

With this figurative expression Mattha settled himself for the drive.

He clung hard to one—Powell says, with no figurative intention.

It was no figurative expression to say that he kept open house.

It was with me in a figurative—which was worse than actual—sense all the day.

The reason which he gave for this was figurative and Indian-like.

It has two meanings, the one usual and obvious, the other figurative.

But we must not forget that all these expressions of God's attributes are figurative.

Mr. Lincoln was figurative in his speech, talks and conversation.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French figuratif "metaphorical," from Late Latin figurativus, from figurat-, past participle stem of figurare "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (see figure (n.)). Of speech, language, etc., "involving figures of speech," from 1845. Related: Figuratively.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FIGURATIVE

allegorical

adjectivesymbolic
  • emblematic
  • figurative
  • illustrative
  • metaphorical
  • parabolic
  • symbolizing
  • typifying

euphemistic

adjectivepolite
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