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    The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

    What does it mean by 'figurative meaning'? what is the difference compared to literal meaning?

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    Re: The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

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    What does it mean by 'figurative meaning' mean? What is the difference compared to between it and "literal meaning"?
    Welcome to the forum.

    What did you find when you looked up "figurative" in the dictionary?
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    Re: The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

    Thanks for correcting! It helps me improving.

    Here is what I learned from the installed eDictionary in my PC.
    Definition: If you use a word or expression in a figurative sense, you use it with a more abstract or imaginative meaning than its ordinary literal one.

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    Re: The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

    OK, so that definition has already given you the difference between "figurative meaning" and "literal meaning". I assume you also looked up "literal". For more definitions, bookmark OneLook.com.
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    Re: The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

    May I think in this way... The figurative meaning is sort of derivative or extended meaning from original literal meaning?

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    Re: The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

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    Hello, Mehong:

    I just thought that you would like this example from one of my dictionaries:

    "Gold is the tears shed by the sun." -- The New Oxford American Dictionary (2001).

    One more example: "A thousand apologies." This kind of figurative speech is called hyperbole. -- Perrin's Index to English (1977) by Wilma and David Ebbitt.

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    Re: The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

    Do you not think that should be "Gold are the tears ..."?
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    Re: The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

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    I agree with the moderator that "are" would sound more natural.

    This is how the aforesaid dictionary put it:

    "[G]old, in the figurative language of the people, was [my emphasis] 'the tears shed by the sun.' "



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    Re: The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

    Ah, I see. "Was" refers to "gold" not to "tears".
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    Re: The meaning of “figurative meaning”?

    I am not a teacher.

    Getting back to the matter at hand for a moment, it is now unfortunately the case that the use of the word 'literally' is acceptable when the speaker actually means 'figuratively'.

    And I know this because I have read literally thousands of articles on the subject!

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