a work in which the characters and events are to be understood as representing other things and symbolically expressing a deeper, often spiritual, moral, or political meaning
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
a situation in which something can be understood in more than one way and it is not clear which meaning is intended
a comparison between two things that are similar in some way, often used to help explain something or make it easier to understand
the implying or suggesting of an additional meaning for a word or phrase apart from the literal or main meaning
the most specific or literal meaning of a word, as opposed to its figurative senses or connotations
language spoken by a particular group of people that differs in spelling, word use, pronunciation, etc...
aa way of sugarcoating a word or phrase that might be considered to direct or blunt.
deliberate and obvious exaggeration used for effect, e.g. "I could eat a million of these"
when two unlike things are compared or a writer describes a thing or person as if it were something or someone else
a phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, e.g. "wise fool" or "legal murder"
a statement, proposition, or situation that seems to be absurd or contradictory, but in fact is or may be true
the deliberate repetition of words or sentence structures for effect
a representation of an abstract quality or notion as a human being; the attribution of human qualities to objects or abstract notions
unique phrases that cannot be understood from the individual meanings of the words
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)
a common phrase made up of words that can't be understood literally
words and phrases that appeal to the senses and that are used to create vivid descriptions
to compare to things using the words like or as
the use of an object, event, or character to express or represent an idea more general or broader than itse.f