Definition of figura in English:


Line breaks: fi¦gura
Pronunciation: /fɪˈgjʊərə

noun (plural figurae /-riː/)

  • (In literary theory) a person or thing representing or symbolizing a fact or ideal.
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    • They have described how the Renaissance blazon expresses the desire to fetishize and idolize the female body by fragmenting the subjective Other and reshaping her as a figura for the male poet's autonomy.
    • The woman's face, the narrator seems to argue, becomes a figura for the male will.
    • The name Vinci stands not only as a metaphor for the master's pictorial perfection but also as a figura of his self.


Latin, literally 'figure' (representing an early use of figure to denote an emblem or type).

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