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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nonliteral mean? 

NONLITERAL (adjective)
  The adjective NONLITERAL has 1 sense:

1. (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech

  Familiarity information: NONLITERAL used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

NONLITERAL (adjective)

Sense 1nonliteral [BACK TO TOP]


(used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech


figurative; nonliteral

Context example:

figurative language


analogical (expressing, composed of, or based on an analogy)

extended (beyond the literal or primary sense)

metaphoric; metaphorical (expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another)

metonymic; metonymical (using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated)

poetic (characterized by romantic imagery)

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)

tropical (characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense)


rhetorical (concerned with effect or style of writing and speaking)

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