Antonyms of adj nonliteral

1 sense of nonliteral

Sense 1
figurative (vs. literal), nonliteral -- ((used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech; "figurative language")


Similarity of adj nonliteral

1 sense of nonliteral

Sense 1
figurative (vs. literal), nonliteral -- ((used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech; "figurative language")
       => analogical -- (expressing, composed of, or based on an analogy; "the analogical use of a metaphor")
       => extended -- (beyond the literal or primary sense; "`hot off the press' shows an extended sense of `hot'")
       => metaphorical, metaphoric -- (expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another; "a metaphorical expression"; "metaphoric language")
       => metonymic, metonymical -- (using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated; "to say `he spent the evening reading Shakespeare' is metonymic because it substitutes the author himself for the author's works")
       => poetic -- (characterized by romantic imagery; "Turner's vision of the rainbow...was poetic")
       => synecdochic, synecdochical -- (using the name of a part for that of the whole or the whole for the part; or the special for the general or the general for the special; or the material for the thing made of it; "to use `hand' for `worker' or `ten sail' for `ten ships' or `steel' for `sword' is to use a synecdochic figure of speech")
       => tropical -- (characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense)
          Also See-> rhetorical#2

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