Synonyms for figurative

Synonyms for (adj) figurative

Synonyms: nonliteral, figurative

Definition: (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech

Usage: figurative language

Similar words: analogical

Definition: expressing, composed of, or based on an analogy

Usage: the analogical use of a metaphor

Similar words: extended

Definition: beyond the literal or primary sense

Usage: `hot off the press' shows an extended sense of `hot'

Similar words: metaphoric, metaphorical

Definition: expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another

Usage: a metaphorical expression; metaphoric language

Similar words: metonymic, metonymical

Definition: using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated

Usage: to say `he spent the evening reading Shakespeare' is metonymic because it substitutes the author himself for the author's works

Similar words: poetic

Definition: characterized by romantic imagery

Usage: Turner's vision of the rainbow...was poetic

Similar words: synecdochic, synecdochical

Definition: using the name of a part for that of the whole or the whole for the part; or the special for the general or the general for the special; or the material for the thing made of it

Usage: to use `hand' for `worker' or `ten sail' for `ten ships' or `steel' for `sword' is to use a synecdochic figure of speech

Similar words: tropical

Definition: characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense

Synonyms: figural, figurative

Definition: consisting of or forming human or animal figures

Usage: a figural design; the figurative art of the humanistic tradition- Herbert Read

Similar words: representational

Definition: (used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen

Usage: representational art; representational images

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