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Figurative Language


Allusion a reference to a work of art, piece of literature or music, or a moment in history
Symbolism the use of a person, object, or event to stand for something else
personification giving human qualities to non-living inanimate objects
alliteration repeating the same consonant sound in several words close together
simile a comparison of 2 unlike things, using like or as
metaphor comparing 2 unlike things (no like or as)
hyperbole an exaggeration so large it can't possibly be true
onomatopoeia a word that sounds like it is read. (crash, buzz)
idiom a phrase that means something different than what it says