figurative vs nonliteral what difference

what is difference between figurative and nonliteral

English

Etymology

From Middle French figuratif.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪɡəɹətɪv/

Adjective

figurative (comparative more figurative, superlative most figurative)

  1. Of use as a metaphor, simile, or metonym, as opposed to literal; using figures; as when saying that someone who eats more than they should is a pig or like a pig.
  2. Metaphorically so called.
  3. With many figures of speech.
  4. Emblematic, symbolic; representative, exemplative
    • 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
      This, they will say, was figurative, and served, by God’s appointment, but for a time, to shadow out the true glory of a more divine sanctity.
  5. (art) representing forms recognisable in life and clearly derived from real object sources, in contrast to abstract art.
    • 1875-1886, John Addington Symonds, Renaissance in Italy
      They belonged to a nation dedicated to the figurative arts, and they wrote for a public familiar with painted form.

Usage notes

  • Said of language, expression, etc.

Antonyms

  • literal

Derived terms

Related terms

  • figure

Translations

Further reading

  • figurative in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • figurative in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • “figurative”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  • figurative art on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fi.ɡy.ʁa.tiv/
  • Homophone: figuratives

Adjective

figurative

  1. feminine singular of figuratif

German

Pronunciation

Adjective

figurative

  1. inflection of figurativ:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian

Adjective

figurative

  1. feminine plural of figurativo

Anagrams

  • figuratevi

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

figurative

  1. definite singular/plural of figurativ

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

figurative

  1. definite singular/plural of figurativ


English

Etymology

non- +‎ literal

Adjective

nonliteral (not comparable)

  1. Not literal.

Synonyms

  • figurative

Noun

nonliteral (plural nonliterals)

  1. (programming, logic) That which is not a literal.

Anagrams

  • tonnarelli

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