1 allegorical, emblematical, metaphorical, representative, symbolical, typical
2 descriptive, fanciful, florid, flowery, ornate, pictorial, poetical, tropical (Rhetoric)
accurate, exact, factual, faithful, literal, prosaic, simple, true, unpoetical, unvarnished
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1 adj If you use a word or expression in a figurative sense, you use it with a more abstract or imaginative meaning than its ordinary literal one.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: literal)
...an event that will change your route<endash>in both the literal and figurative sense.
figuratively adv ADV with cl/group, ADV with v
Europe, with Germany literally and figuratively at its centre, is still at the start of a remarkable transformation.
2 adj Figurative art is a style of art in which people and things are shown in a realistic way.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: abstract)
His career spanned some 50 years and encompassed both abstract and figurative painting.
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