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figurative language

language that contains or uses figures of speech, especially metaphors. Unabridged
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  • His ideas come forth clothed in their figurative language, and do not bring it along neatly tied up in a separate bundle.

  • Mere indulgence in figurative language, again, is a besetting snare.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • figurative language defined and illustrated—General Remarks respecting it—2.

    Companion to the Bible E. P. Barrows
  • 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
  • In the interpretation of figurative language we must be guided, in general, by the principles considered in the preceding chapter.

    Companion to the Bible E. P. Barrows
  • Mr. Clay is displeased with figurative language, which he thinks improper for a state paper.

  • For understanding the Prophecies, we are, in the first place, to acquaint our-selves with the figurative language of the Prophets.

  • The inscription (Latin) agrees in its figurative language with the character of the monument.

  • From the figurative language of the poets those notions passed into the theology of the heathens, whose divines were the poets.

    The Existence of God Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
  • 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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