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figurative language

language that contains or uses figures of speech, especially metaphors. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The misinterpretation of ambiguous or figurative language; 2.

  • Why should one art be contemptuous of the figurative language of another?

    Soliloquies in England

    George Santayana
  • This was figurative language, yet it was impossible to doubt there was much truth in it.

    A Beleaguered City Mrs. Oliphant
  • Mere indulgence in figurative language, again, is a besetting snare.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • By the use of figurative language, and references to esoteric matters, he was always able to baffle and silence her.

    Mr. Opp Alice Hegan Rice
  • Mr. Clay is displeased with figurative language, which he thinks improper for a state paper.

  • I am not sure he understood this figurative language, but I made it clear to him the next minute.

    The Telegraph Messenger Boy Edward S. Ellis
  • Such an audience ought, in figurative language, "to raise the roof off" with applause.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • The inscription (Latin) agrees in its figurative language with the character of the monument.

  • As the ranchers put it, in the figurative language of their calling, “the hull blame state was burnt to a cinder.”

Contemporary definitions for figurative language

speech or writing that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect or meaning, speech or writing employing figures of speech's 21st Century Lexicon
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