It was an abstract of Christian doctrine in a vague and figurative way.
The figurative nature of the language respecting the future makes it difficult to determine precisely the thought of the book on this point; but it seems to contemplate continued existence hereafter for both righteous and wicked, and rewards and punishments allotted on the basis of moral character.
Man in their view is actually, and in no figurative sense, akin to the beasts.
Their use was chiefly astrological, and their highly figurative names - " Great Splendour," " Immense Void," "Fire of the Phoenix," &c. - had reference to no particular stars.
But it was not until 1609 that, the "great Martian labour" being at length completed, he was able, in his own figurative language, to lead the captive planet to the foot of the imperial throne.
" Bileam"), regard the statements about the ass speaking as figurative; the ass brayed, and Balaam translated the sound into words.
The word is more generally employed in its figurative or transferred sense, to describe a gathering of brilliant or distinguished persons or objects.
Cedrus Libani, the far-famed Cedar of Lebanon, is a tree which, on account of its beauty, stateliness and strength, has always been a favourite with poets and painters, and which, in the figurative language of prophecy, is frequently employed in the Scriptures as a symbol of power, prosperity and longevity.
To the odd terminology of Donne's poetic philosophy Dryden gave the name of "metaphysics," and Johnson, borrowing the suggestion, invented the title of the "metaphysical school" to describe, not Donne only, but all the amorous and philosophical poets who succeeded him, and who employed a similarly fantastic language, and who affected odd figurative inversions.
c. 2908) holds that the reference here is purely figurative; " Judah has dealt falsely with the wife of his youth, the covenant religion, and is wedding a strange cult."
Ten-year-olds begin to understand figurative word meanings.
figurative painters do us this favor.
The large works in pen and ink imitate the small marks of the tiny sketches, be they figurative images or abstract doodles.
The priesthood which Christ exercises is the counterpart, in no merely figurative sense, of the levitical priesthood.
(A word found in Old English and Old Norwegian, from which come the Danish and Swedish words, and not in other Teutonic languages), originally a company of people, now mainly, except in figurative usages, of certain animals when gathered together for feeding or moving from place to place.
Current Work Raku and smoke fired figurative ceramics and bowls.
Like many painters who studied in the early 1980s, Innes fell under the spell of figurative expressionism.
For figurative language we need only look at Mercutio's fiddlestick - what is a real fiddlestick and what has he instead?
figurative ceramic sculpture took him to America.
figurative painting must involve a process of editing.
figurative sculptor whose work focuses mainly on animals.
Dunlop's work explores the fundamental esthetic issues in his predominantly figurative paintings.
We haven't taken on new artists for some years, however mainly figurative artists would be considered.
This is highly figurative, you understand, intended to convey a glimpse.
Moreover they are not doctrinal, but hortatory, and purely figurative.
At the start of my degree course my work was mostly figurative.
However, she brought back influences from the States and her patterns became far more figurative.
In 1997 I began a change of direction to figurative work and raku firing.
In the 1960s the American designer Donald Claflin created humorous, figurative pieces such as the ' Dragon ' brooch included in the show.
interiorized records - that is, records of operating with re-presented figurative material.
This is not an inappropriate response, for African artists have produced countless masterworks of three-dimensional figurative sculpture.
masterworks of three-dimensional figurative sculpture.
Lucy Kinsella is a figurative sculptor whose work focuses mainly on animals.
Listeners find tropes easy to understand precisely because much of their thinking is constrained by figurative processes.
22), suggested a figurative or typical application, first in Psalm ex.
At the same time we may find expressed in figurative language the germs of thoughts which enter into still newer doctrines of evolution.
Further, by maintaining that the elements are continually being combined and separated by the two forces love and hatred, which appear to represent in a figurative way the physical forces of attraction and repulsion, Empedocles may be said to have made a considerable advance in the construction of the idea of evolution as a strictly mechanical process.
His highly figurative language might leave us in doubt how far he conceived the higher stages of this evolution of nature as following the lower in time.
The word is also used in various figurative senses, and more particularly for the "nautical log," an apparatus for ascertaining the speed of ships.
The doctrine of immortality comes prominently forward in his ethics, but whether this must not be reckoned with the figurative accommodation to the popular theology of Greece which pervades his ethical teaching, is very doubtful.
If the music of Tristan is more polyphonic than that of Lohengrin, it is because it is hardly figurative to call its drama polyphonic also.
libertas, from liber, free), generally the state of freedom, especially opposed to subjection, imprisonment or slavery, or with such restricted or figurative meaning as the circumstances imply.
The language in this and the following section is highly figurative; but as Porter has well remarked: "Figurative language is the only language in which we can express our hope of heaven, and no figures can have greater power to suggest this hope than those taken from the literal longings of exiled Israel for the recovery of its land and city."
It is doubtful how far Ezekiel's account of the cherubim and Isaiah's account of the seraphim are to be taken as descriptions of actual beings; they are probably figurative, or else subjective visions.
As the oscilla swung in the wind, oscillare came to mean to swing, hence in English "oscillation," the act of swinging backwards and forwards, periodic motion to and fro, hence any variation or fluctuation, actual or figurative.
While too much stress must not be laid on a chain of reasoning open to some uncertainty at several points, it is difficult to suppose with Loisy, Quatrieme Evangile, 1903, p. 2 93, that the number was intended by the evangelist as purely figurative, and is therefore destitute of all historical meaning.
ab, from or away, errare; to wander), a deviation or wandering, especially used in the figurative sense: as in ethics, a deviation from the truth; in pathology, a mental derangement; in zoology and botany, abnormal development or structure.
31, 32), but the one is so figurative and the other so obscure, that we are not warranted in drawing any such definite conclusion from either of them.
In poetical and figurative language "gale" is often used in a pleasant sense, as in "favouring gale"; in America, it is used in a slang sense for boisterous or excited behaviour.
adamare, to have an attraction for, it also came to be associated with the loadstone; but since the term was displaced by "diamond" it has had only a figurative and poetical use.
worry or tease) is a metaphorical derivative, and "drawing a badger" is similarly used in a figurative sense.
To these "spheres" some writers add, by figurative usage, the terms "biosphere," or life-sphere, to cover all living things, both animals and plants, and "psychosphere," or mind-sphere, covering all the products of human intelligence.
(1) An abstract of Christian doctrine of a vague and figurative kind.
He answered them first in figurative language, speaking of the certain downfall of a kingdom or a family divided against itself, and of the strong man's house which could not be looted unless the strong man were first bound.
He calls him a man of small mental capacity, who took the figurative language of apostolic traditions for literal fact.
In current usage, the term is applied to a feminine spirit or fairy, and is often used in a figurative sense of a graceful, slender girl or young woman.
As the canvases were not representational, figurative works, there could be no comparison with other treatments of a " subject ".
"The Loser" offers a way for kids to develop an understanding of figurative language in a silly tale.
Hence, it is best to start inserting poetry lesson plans into a student's English curriculum as soon as possible, in order to train a child's mind early on to recognize symbolism and figurative language.
This literal change can symbolize figurative change for many people.
Hyperlexia is a complex problem that has two fundamental components; superior vocabulary paired with a difficulty to understand figurative language.
Children may exhibit a particular interest in the alphabet and words but they are unable to interpret verbal nuances like sarcasm and figurative language.
Figurative language is particularly problematic because the individual with Aspergers is quite concrete.
Idioms and figurative language have to be deliberately taught and explained in detail.
A person diagnosed on the autism spectrum has difficulty understanding social interactions, especially subtle nuances of nonverbal communication, figurative language, and humor.
Connaître la musique: Of course, you may actually use this to say that you know the music, but this expression also has a figurative meaning.
figurative ceramics and bowls.
Only the best figurative painters do us this favor.
figurative painting includes all painting that is based on nature - on representation of the visual world.
Paul's selection reflects his own partiality to figurative painting.
polychrome figurative sculpture in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Dod has recently diversified into more figurative work and sports portraiture.
As the canvases were not representational, figurative works, there could be no comparison with other treatments of a " subject " .
Paintings that follow a distinctive path by building bridges between the abstract and the figurative, between public statement and private reverie.
Weaver William Jefferies and bronze sculptor Philip Hearsey fill the gallery with figurative tapestries and abstract vessels.
Kerry Stewart Drops Loveliness at Royal Festival Hall Ballroom, London Kerry Stewart is known, so far, for her figurative sculpture.
Difficulties understanding figurative language and facial expressions are examples of how the condition affects social communication.
Not understanding figurative language and taking things literally.
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