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Figures of Speech

Seven common figures of speech, definitions, and examples.
a data set by emily.mashour
created November 22, 2016
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Figure of SpeechDefinitionExample
similecomparison using like or asShe is as tall as a skyscraper.
metaphordirect comparison of two thingsHe is a tall tree.
personificationhuman qualities given to inanimate objectsThe wind slapped me in the face.
hyperboleclearly stated exaggerationI am so hungry I could eat a horse.
alliterationrepetition of the same soundsSally sells seashells by the seashore.
onomatopoeiawords imitating soundsWe heard the rooster cock-a-doodle-doo as the sun rose.
oxymoronseemingly contradictory statementRobert ordered jumbo shrimp for dinner.
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