- 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."
- "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
- Metaphorically so called
- With many figures of speech
|figure of speech||
- A word or phrase that departs from straightforward, literal language.
- A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
verb (flourish, es)
- With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.
- An ornamentation.
- His signature ended with a .
- (music) A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
- The trumpets blew a as they entered the church.
- (intransitive) To thrive or grow well.
- The barley flourished in the warm weather.
- (intransitive) To prosper or fare well.
- The town flourished with the coming of the railway.
- (intransitive) To be in a period of greatest influence.
- His writing flourished before the war.
- (transitive) To make bold, sweeping movements.
- They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.
- Pertaining to flowers.
- decorate, Decorated with flowers.
- Of a speech: too complicated; elaborate; with grandiloquent expressions; bombastic; verbose.