1. (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech
    figurative language
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How To Use nonliteral In A Sentence

  • Thus Philo Judaeus may equate the hy - ponoia of a text with its latent theme, its mystery, its secret, its unexpressed, unseen, nonliteral, or simply intelligible meaning. Dictionary of the History of Ideas
  • [PW Daily @ pw. com, April 14, 2008] How well does his “nonliteral” approach work? A Totally Unauthorized Reading Group Guide to ‘The Story of Edgar Sawtelle’ With a Key to ‘Hamlet’ Characters Represented in the Novel « One-Minute Book Reviews
  • Accordingly, when encountering an ironic text such as Map's, the reader must first recognize that an ironic utterance is an echoic interpretation (literal or nonliteral) of a preceding proposition.
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