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Figurative Language

Chapter 3

TermDefinition
Allegory device used to prevent an idea that extends over an entire work.
Allusion reference to a well known place, literary or art work, famous person or historical event.
Analogy extended explanation of something unfamiler to explain by comparision of something familer.
Euphemism mild descriptive word used instead of offensive or sexist term.
Hyperbole overstatement or exaggeration.
Idiom expression whose literal meaning is not signed by what the words suggest.
Imagery use of any words that evoke sensations of sight, sound, touch, smelling, or taste.
Irony contrast between what is said or done and what is really intended to be said or done.
Metaphor comparision of two unlike things without using like or as.
Oxymoron combines terms which usually contradict each other but may still be true.
Personification refers to animals, ideas, or things having human characteristics.
Simile comparison between two unlike things using like or as.
Symbol object, person, place, or action that has a meaning in itself, and also represents another meaning.
Onomatopoei words that sound like what they describe
Alliteration writers repeat the same letter or sound in words
 

 



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