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Meaning of FIGURATIVE

Pronunciation:  'figyurutiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech; "figurative language"
  2. [adj]  consisting of or forming human or animal figures; "a figural design"; "the figurative art of the humanistic tradition"- Herbert Read
 

FIGURATIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: analogical, extended, figural, metaphoric, metaphorical, metonymic, metonymical, nonliteral, poetic, representational, synecdochic, synecdochical, tropical
 
 Antonyms: literal
 
 See Also: rhetorical

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Fig"ur*a*tive\, a. [L. figurativus: cf. F.
figuratif. See {Figurative}.]
1. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical;
   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. --Hooker.

2. Used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not
   literal; -- applied to words and expressions.

3. Abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a
   highly figurative description.

4. Relating to the representation of form or figure by
   drawing, carving, etc. See {Figure}, n., 2.

         They belonged to a nation dedicated to the
         figurative arts, and they wrote for a public
         familiar with painted form.           --J. A.
                                               Symonds.

{Figurative} {counterpoint or descant}. See under {Figurate}.
   -- {Fig"ur*a*tive*ly}, adv. -- {Fig"ur*a*tive*ness}, n.

 
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