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Literary Devices

TermDefinition
alliteration the repetition of the first consonant sounds in neighboring words.
allusion a casual reference to a famous historical or literary event.
analogy comparing relationships between pairs of words.
hyperbole an exaggeration or overstatement.
idiom a commonly used expression that is not literally true.
imagery language that evokes one or all of the five senses.
metaphor a comparison between two things in which one thing is said to be another.
onomatopoeia a word that imitates the sound it represents.
oxymoron a word pair used to make a point that contradict each other.
personification gives human qualities to an animal or object.
pun a play on words.
rhyme words that have the same ending sound.
sarcasm something you say that you actually mean the opposite of.
simile a comparison of two unlike things using like or as.
paradox reveals a kind of truth which at first seems contradictory.
symbolism using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning.
Created by: S730503