figuratively

figuratively
adverb
in a figurative sense (Freq. 1)
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figuratively speaking,...

Ant: ↑literally
Derived from adjective: ↑figurative

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  • figuratively / literally —    Figuratively refers to metaphoric speech, not realistic or exact: To say, Horace died laughing, is to speak figuratively.    Literally refers to realistic or exact speech: If Horace literally died laughing, he must be buried (but it was not… …   Confused words

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  • Figuratively — Figurative Fig ur*a*tive, a. [L. figurativus: cf. F. figuratif. See {Figurative}.] 1. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative. [1913 Webster] This, they will say, was figurative, and served, by God s appointment, but… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • figuratively — adverb see figurative …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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