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- adv. In a figurative manner.
- adv. Used to indicate that what follows is to be taken as a figure of speech, not literally.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a figurative manner; by means of a figure or resemblance; metaphorically or tropically.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a figurative sense
Defeat at the hands I use the term figuratively of a box full of silicon and wires wastoo humiliating for Kasparov, a man who had never lost a multigame match against an individual opponent in his life!
The term figuratively has reference to the Spanish conquest of the indigenous Indians of Mexico and the resulting mestizaje or the mixed racial and ethnic identity of indigenous, European and African heritage unique to the Americas.
Some have suggested that Salem here is the Salim of John 3: 23; a few take the term figuratively as a title (see verse two) devoid of any geographical intent.
To apply the term figuratively to the forces inherent in national character savoured of a literary indecorum.
Or did the columnist mean to use the term figuratively as when individuals were "beaten up" by government hiring personnel who rejected their otherwise acceptable applications for employment because the resumes weren't ideologically pure enough?
The biggest name in the trade market, both literally and figuratively, is not for sale, according to TSN. ca.
A recurring nightmare of mine, and I mean literally not figuratively, is being flung off one of these mountain passes in a car or a bus.
Exhibit A for the prosecution: the use of literally in situations where figuratively is meant.
He often uses the expression figuratively to show the dependence of living beings on each other and on their surroundings.
Escape, literally and figuratively, is everywhere in this novel.