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Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. [I Corinthians]
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Adjective

figurative (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
figurative

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  1. Metaphorical, as opposed to literal, a form of speech in which figures of speech are applied and there is an intention for the reader to understand a deeper meaning than the face-value of the words. Also known as "reading between the lines."
    • 2005 May 1, “The Sea of Love”[1], New York Times, 
      The lovers she seems to pursue with her figurative language in fact retreat under the barrage of similes, metaphors and fables.
  2. Metaphorically so called
  3. With many figures of speech
  4. Emblematic

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  • Said of language, expression, etc.

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Italian

Adjective

figurative f.

  1. Feminine plural form of figurativo

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