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Figurative Language

Figurative Language Terms

simile Uses the words like or as to compare one object to another.
metaphor Compares two things does not use like or as.
hyperbole An exaggeration that is so dramatic no one would believe it.
idiom A phrase that says one thing and means another.
personification When human characteristics are given to an animal or an object.
onomatopoeia A word that imitates the sounds of a thing.
alliteration The repetition of a sound at the beginning of two or more words close together.
simile example He was as busy as a bee!
metaphor example Her eyes were jewels, sparkling in the sun.
hyperbole example I have told you to clean your room a million times!
onomatopoeia example Bam ! Crash! Zoom!
alliteration example She sells sea shells by the seashore.
idiom example Everything is coming up roses for Sarah today.
personification example The flowers danced in the wind.


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