FIGURATIVELY (_comparative_ MORE FIGURATIVELY, _superlative_ MOST FIGURATIVELY)
* (manner) In a figurative manner.
* 1897 Easton's Bible Dictionary available on Wikisource
_SHEPHERD A word naturally of frequent occurrence in Scripture. […] This word is used FIGURATIVELY to represent the relation of rulers to their subjects and of God to his people_.
* (speech act) Used to indicate that what follows is to be taken as a figure of speech, not literally.