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Meaning of figurative

fig•ur•a•tive

Pronunciation: (fig'yur-u-tiv), [key]
— 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 boomerang.
  3. abounding in or fond of figures of speech: Elizabethan poetry is highly figurative.
  4. representing by means of a figure or likeness, as in drawing or sculpture.
  5. representing by a figure or emblem; emblematic.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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