Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being figurative: as, figurativeness of expression.
- n. The property of being figurative.
“The use of “impact” in the more general sense of “have an significant effect on” presumably started out figuratively but is now used in a way where the figurativeness is forgotten”
“The use of “impact” in the more general sense of “have an significant effect on” presumably started out figuratively but is now used in a way where the figurativeness is forgotten.”
“In particular it can be evidence of figurativeness when a passage is incongruous or physical impossible when literally construed, but only when the incongruity would have been obvious to the author and the originally intended readers.”
“There needs to be one or more independent lines of evidence such as textual markers of figurativeness or a compelling suggestion as to what the passage is figurative for.”
“To the grammatical regularity and signification of them doth their figurativeness belong.”
“Johnson or Gibbon, with much greater variety of sentence forms and with far more color, figurativeness and picturesqueness of phrase.”
“It is far too little to say of it that it is natural, and fits the characters presented: in nationality, in figurativeness, in keen, unfeigned humor and wit it represents the richest treasure of the Russian speech.”
“Bob, too, knelt at my side, uttering expressions of sympathy and encouragement, expressed, as usual, with true nautical figurativeness of speech.”
“We do the man's intellectual endowments great wrong, if we measure it by its mere logical outcome; though here, too, there is not wanting a light ingenuity, a figurativeness, and fanciful sport, with glimpses of insight far deeper than the common.”
“There is so much figurativeness and dreamy sentiment that one never gets to the firm, clear surface. ”
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