- IPA: /ˈfɪɡjʊɹətɪv/
- 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.
- Metaphorically so called.
- With many figures of speech.
- Emblematic, symbolic; representative, exemplative
- 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.
- (art) representing forms recognisable in life and clearly derived from real object sources, in contrast to abstract art.
- They belonged to a nation dedicated to the figurative arts, and they wrote for a public familiar with painted form.
- French: figuratif, figuré
- German: bildlich, figürlich, metaphorisch, symbolisch, übertragen, uneigentlich, verblümt
- Italian: figurativo
- Portuguese: figurativo
- Russian: перено́сный
- Spanish: figurativo, figurado, traslaticio
- German: im übertragenen Sinne
- German: bilderreich