If you use words in a figurative way, they have an abstract or symbolic meaning beyond their literal interpretation.
A figurehead in an organization is the apparent authority or head in name only—the real power lies somewhere else.
an arrangement of parts or elements
set up for a particular purpose
mar or spoil the appearance of
judge to be probable
a small carved or molded figure
(Christianity) a church festival held in commemoration of the Transfiguration of Jesus
elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration
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