Figurative

Definition of Figurative

Fig´ur`a`tive
a.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
See under Figurate.

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