figurative

  • 1Figurative — Fig ur*a*tive, a. [L. figurativus: cf. F. figuratif. See {Figurative}.] 1. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative. [1913 Webster] This, they will say, was figurative, and served, by God s appointment, but for a time …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Figurative — may refer to:*Figurative art *Figurative language *Neofigurative Art …

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  • 3figurative — [fig′yoor ə tiv΄, fig′yərə tiv] adj. [ME < OFr figuratif < LL figurativus < L figuratus, pp. of figurare, to form, fashion < figura, FIGURE] 1. representing by means of a figure, symbol, or likeness 2. having to do with figure drawing …

    English World dictionary

  • 4figurative — index representative Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5figurative — late 14c., from O.Fr. figuratif metaphorical, from L.L. figurativus, from figurat , pp. stem of figurare (see FIGURE (Cf. figure)). Of speech, language, etc., involving figures of speech, from 1845. Related: Figuratively …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6figurative — [adj] not literal, but symbolic allegorical, denotative, descriptive, emblematic, emblematical, fanciful, florid, flowery, illustrative, metaphoric, metaphorical, ornate, pictorial, poetical, representative, signifying, typical; concepts 267,582… …

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  • 7figurative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not using words literally; metaphorical. 2) Art representing forms that are recognizably derived from life. DERIVATIVES figuratively adverb figurativeness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8figurative — [[t]fɪ̱gərətɪv, AM gjər [/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n If you use a word or expression in a figurative sense, you use it with a more abstract or imaginative meaning than its ordinary literal one. ...an event that will change your route in both the… …

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  • 9figurative — Figurate Fig ur*ate, a. [L. figuratus, p. p. of figurare. See {Figure}.] 1. Of a definite form or figure. [1913 Webster] Plants are all figurate and determinate, which inanimate bodies are not. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Figurative; metaphorical.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10figurative — adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. representing by a figure or resemblance ; emblematic b. of or relating to representation of form or figure in art < figurative sculpture > 2. a. expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another with which …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11figurative — figuratively, adv. figurativeness, n. /fig yeuhr euh tiv/, adj. 1. of the nature of or involving a figure of speech, esp. a metaphor; metaphorical; not literal: a figurative expression. 2. metaphorically so called: His remark was a figurative&#8230; …

    Universalium

  • 12figurative — ● figuratif, figurative adjectif (bas latin figurativus, symbolique) Qui est la représentation réelle de quelque chose, par opposition à ce qui est représenté sous la forme de symbole ou de plan : Dessin figuratif. Se dit d un art qui s exprime&#8230; …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 13figurative — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Characterized by symbolism and imagery Nouns 1. figurativeness, figure of speech, figurative language, device; metaphor, conceit, euphuism; dead metaphor, mixed metaphor; way of speaking, colloquialism,&#8230; …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14figurative — fig|u|ra|tive [ˈfıgjurətıv, gə ] adj 1.) a figurative word or phrase is used in a different way from its usual meaning, to give you a particular idea or picture in your mind →↑literal ▪ He s my son, in the figurative sense of the word. 2.)&#8230; …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15figurative — adjective 1 if a word or phrase is used in a figurative way, it is used about something different from what it normally refers to, to give you a picture in your mind: I was using the word battle in its figurative sense. compare literal 1 (1) 2&#8230; …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16figurative — fig|u|ra|tive [ fıgjərətıv ] adjective 1. ) if you use words in a figurative way, you use them not in their normal LITERAL meaning but in a way that makes a description more interesting or impressive 2. ) figurative art represents people, objects …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17figurative —    Describes artwork representing the form of a human, an animal or a thing; any expression of one thing in terms of another thing. Abstract artwork is the opposite of figurative art in certain ways. Roy Lichtenstein made a series of images of a&#8230; …

    Glossary of Art Terms

  • 18figurative — UK [ˈfɪɡərətɪv] / US [ˈfɪɡjərətɪv] adjective 1) linguistics if you use words in a figurative way, you use them not in their normal literal meaning but in a way that makes a description more interesting or impressive 2) art figurative art&#8230; …

    English dictionary

  • 19figurative — [ˈfɪgərətɪv] adj a figurative meaning is not the usual LITERAL meaning of a word or phrase, but makes a description more interesting ‘My love is like a red, red rose is an example of the figurative use of language.[/ex] figuratively adv …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20figurative — /ˈfɪgjərətɪv / (say figyuhruhtiv), /ˈfɪgə / (say figuh ) adjective 1. of the nature of or involving a figure of speech, especially a metaphor; metaphorical; not literal: a figurative expression. 2. metaphorically so called: this remark was a&#8230; …

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