[ adjective ] (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech
Used in print(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)
Yanks were equally adept at figurative expression .(Harold Searles, "Schizophrenic Communication,"...)
In my experience , a great many_of the patient 's more puzzling verbal communications are so for the reason that concrete meanings have not become differentiated from figurative meanings in his subjective experience .
Or , equally often , a concretistic seeming , particularistic seeming statement may consist , with its mundane exterior , in a form of poetry - may be full of meaning and emotion when interpreted as a figurative expression : a metaphor , a simile , an allegory , or some other symbolic mode of speaking .