Figurative Language Definitions/Examples/Pictures

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figurative language

language used by writers to produce images in readers' minds and to express ideas in fresh, vivid, and imaginative ways

simile

a comparison of two things using like or as

metaphor

a direct comparison of two different things

hyperbole

extreme exaggeration

alliteration

repetition of initial consonant sounds

personification

a type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics

idiom

an expression having a special meaning different from the usual meanings of the words (example "up the creek without a paddle" means a situation involving trouble)

onomatopoeia

the use of words that sound like what they mean, such as "hiss," "buzz," "slam," and "boom"

hyperbole

The lottery winner's grin stretched from New York City to Los Angeles.

personification

Even diamonds are jealous of your beauty.

idiom

After kicking a goal Tony felt on top of the world.

simile

The snow covered hills in the distance were like welcoming pillows to the returning mountain climbers.

metaphor

As she dreamed about winning her eyes became stars twinkling with the possibilities.

personification

The storm stared me down to my core with it's beady eyes.

idiom

We need a home run to win; keep your finger's crossed.

simile

The fog curled over the tombstones like locks of hair.

metaphor

Our lives are grapes, bitter and sweet.

simile

Track coaches look for runners who sprint as fast as cheetahs.

alliteration

Spellbinding stories spin the imagination of listeners.

personification

The rose stretched her arms out and yawned after a long winter's nap.

personification

The climbing rope laughed at my weak efforts but I just laughed along.

onomatopoeia

The thump, boom, bang of my sister hitting tennis balls against our garage door was very irritating.

hyperbole

Many Americans have never-ending bottomless pits on Thanksgiving.

hyperbole

The lunch line reached from the beginning to the end of the Great Wall of China.

metaphor

My binder is an overflowing sea of papers.

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