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figurative

adjective

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expressing one thing in terms normally used for another
  • the figurative use of "allergy" to mean "a feeling of dislike"

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The first known use of figurative was in the 14th century

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“Figurative.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/figurative. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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