Difficult Words : Figurative, Fidelity, Finesse, Flagrant, Flout and Flaunt
Difficult Words: Figurative, Fidelity, Finesse, Flagrant, Flout and Flaunt
Fidelity (fi DEL I TEE) n faithfulness, loyalty
The motto of the United States Marine Corps is semper fidelis, which is Latin for always loyal.
A high-fidelity record player is one that is very faithful in reproducing the original sound of whatever was recorded.
The crusader's life was marked by fidelity to the cause of justice.
The soldiers couldn't shoot straight, but their fidelity to the cause of freedom was never in question.
Infidelity means faithlessness or disloyalty. Marital infidelity is another way of saying adultery.
Early phonograph records were marked by infidelity to the original
Figurative (FIG yur uh tiv) adj: based on figures of speech, expressing something in terms usually used for something else, metaphorical
To say that the autumn hillside was a blaze of color is to use the word blaze in a figurative sense. The hillside wasn't really on fire, but the colors of the leaves made it appear (somewhat) as though it were.
When the Mayor said that the housing market had sprouted wings, he was speaking figuratively. The housing market hadn't really sprouted wings. It had merely grown so rapidly that it had almost seemed to fly.
A figurative meaning of a word is one that is not literal. A literal statement is one in which every word means exactly what it says. If the housing market had literally sprouted wings, genuine wings would somehow have popped out of it.
People very, very often confuse these words, using one when they really mean the other. Andy could literally eat money if he chewed up and swallowed a dollar bill. Andy's car eats money only figuratively, in the sense that it is very expensive to operate.