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Figures of Speech

Figures of speech

Simile A comparison between two completely different words using like or as.
Metaphor A comparison between two completely different things without using like or as.
Idiom Word combinations that have different meanings then the literal definitions of the word.
Personification An object or animal that is given human qualities and abilities.
Alliteration The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of a word or sentence.
Onomatopoeia Word that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.
Hyperbole An exaggerated statement, or claims not to be taken literally.
Anaphora When several phrases or verses begin with the same word or words.
Assonance The repetition of vowel sounds of words that are close together.
Irony Words where the meaning is opposite of their usual meaning.
Oxymoron Is a combination of contradictory.
Euphemism Substitution of an inoffensive term or phrase for one that has coarse or sordid, unpleasant associations.
Pun Play on words sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words.
Paradox A statement that appears to contradict itself.
Understatement A writer or speaker makes a situation seem less important than it is.
Chiasmus A verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first, but with the parts reversed.
Antithesis The juxtaposition of contrasting ideas in balanced phrases.
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