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adjective (figuratively)
  1. metaphorical, 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."
quotations:
  • "The lovers she seems to pursue with her language in fact retreat under the barrage of similes, metaphors and fables." — New York Times, May 1, 2005
    1. Metaphorically so called
    2. With many figures of speech
    3. Emblematic
     
figure of speech Tweet Definition of figure of speech Like Definition of figure of speech on Facebook
noun 
  1. A word or phrase that departs from straightforward, literal language.
     
flourish Tweet Definition of flourish Like Definition of flourish on Facebook
noun 
  1. A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
    • With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.
      1. An ornamentation.
    • His signature ended with a .
      1. (music) A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
    • The trumpets blew a as they entered the church.
verb (flourish, es)
  1. (intransitive) To thrive or grow well.
    • The barley flourished in the warm weather.
      1. (intransitive) To prosper or fare well.
    • The town flourished with the coming of the railway.
      1. (intransitive) To be in a period of greatest influence.
    • His writing flourished before the war.
      1. (transitive) To make bold, sweeping movements.
    • They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.
     
flowery Tweet Definition of flowery Like Definition of flowery on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Pertaining to flowers.
  2. decorate, Decorated with flowers.
  3. Of a speech: too complicated; elaborate; with grandiloquent expressions; bombastic; verbose.
     

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