figurative figurative  /ˈfɪɡ jə rə tɪv/


  1. (adj) (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech
  2. (adj) consisting of or forming human or animal figures



  • The broker prided that when said that he was the real estate agent for heavenly abode he spoke both literally and figuratively.


  1. Horst Antes' first major one-man exhibition of paintings in nearly two decades opens at Martin-Gropius-Bau

    Horst Antes, Rote Scheibe, 1969. 60 x 70 cm. Sammlung Großhaus, Schleswig© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2013. BERLIN .- Horst Antes is one of the most internationally significant figurative artists of recent decades. Like few other German artists he has contributed to the global artistic debate.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Art Daily

  2. Central York schools talk iPads, expand program

    York, PA - A figurative rainbow wheel loomed as Central York School District's school board processed information about its iPad pilot program.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: York Daily Record

  3. College World Series: Beavers, Bulldogs take the big stage

    With a large expanse of outfield (and the wind blowing in), TD Ameritrade Park is big in a figurative and literal sense.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Oregonian


  1. Asked about the reports, Romney said: "My own eyes? You know, I speak in the sense of I saw my dad become president of American Motors. I wasn't actually there when he became president of American Motors, but I saw him in the figurative sense of he...
    on Dec 21, 2007 By: Mitt Romney Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. "Figurative painting has the ability to make visible what is invisible," Botero said.
    on Jan 29, 2007 By: Fernando Botero Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We want them (China) to understand there are rules of the road, both literal and figurative," Keating said, according to the South China Morning Post.
    on Feb 19, 2009 By: Timothy Keating Source: AFP

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