Fig. Language Voc. Figurative Language

Fig. Language Voc. Figurative Language

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Term Definition
figurative language used to state ideas in vivid and imaginative ways; is usually not meant to be taken literally
literal language means exactly what is stated; is meant to be taken literally
simile a comparison of two unlike things using "like" or as"
metaphor a comparison of two or more unlike things; it is stated like a fact
alliteration the repetition of beginning consonant sounds in words (Phil was a fierce and phenomenal football player.)
onomatopoeia when a word imitates the sound it represents
personification when nonhuman things, ideas, or animals are given human characteristics or qualities
hyperbole extreme exaggeration for the sake of emphasis or making a point
idiom an expression that means something other than the literal meanings of its individual words
repetition using the same word, phrase, or line two or more times in prose or poetry
rhyme when words end in the same sound (fat cat)
imagery when writers use words that appeal to the five senses
allusion a brief, usually indirect reference to a real or fictional person, place, or event

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