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Literary Devices

Allegory A device used to present an idea or principle that extends over an entire work.
Allusion A reference to a well-known place, literary or art work, famous person, or historical event.
Analogy An extended explanation or description of something unfamiliar or difficult to explain by comparison with something familiar.
Euphemism A mild descriptive word used instead of a possibly offensive or sexist term.
Hyperbole The use of overstatement or exaggeration.
Idiom An expression whose literal meaning is not signified by what the words suggest.
Imagery The use of any words that evoke sensations of sight, hearing, touch, smell, or taste.
Irony A contrast between what is said or done and what is really intended to be said or done.
Metaphor A comparison of two unlike things that does not use like or as.
Oxymoron Combines terms or ideas which usually contradict each other but still may be technically true.
Personification Figurative language that refers to animals, ideas, or things as if they were human.
Simile A comparison of two unlike things that use like or as.
Symbol An object, person, place or action that has a meaning in itself and that also represents a meaning beyond itself, such as a quality, an attitude, a belief, or a value.
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