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Figurative Language Examples

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metaphor
"A man may break a word with you, sir, and words are but wind."
hyperbole
"I have seen this river so wide it had only one bank." - Mark Twain
metaphor
"Language is a road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."
simile
All sorts of pleasant things happened about that time, for the new friendship flourished like grass in spring.
metaphor
"The streets were a furnace, the sun an executioner."
onomatopoeia
Ahem. Could we have your attention please?
metaphor
"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations."
simile
"A parson is like a doctor, my boy: he must face infection as a soldier must face bullets." Candida by George Bernard Shaw.
simile
A beardless, boyish face, very fair, no features to speak of, nose peeling, little blue eyes, like sunshine and shadow on a wind-swept plain.
simile
A hot wind was blowing around my head, the strands of my hair lifting and swirling in it, like ink spilled in water.
metaphor
"Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food."
symbolism
A pink mohawk might stand for a punk rocker.
simile
A red-bird swung in an arc across the sink-hole. Teh red-bird turned and dropped down to the pool, like a bright leaf falling.
analogy
A rock star in academic robes is like a Scottie in a tartan outfit. ("I don't think there's anything certainly more unseemly than the sight of a rock star in academic robes. It's a bit like when people put their King Charles spaniels in little tartan sweats and hats. It's not natural, and it doesn't make the dog any smarter.")
synesthesia
the blue black cold
metaphor
"Between the lower east side tenements, the sky is a snotty handkerchief."
simile
A shutter, like the leathern eyelid of a lizard, flickered over the intensity of his gaze.
onomatopoeia
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
simile
A tumor on the brain is like sleeper Al Qaeda cells in Buffalo.
onomatopoeia
Achoo! God bless you.
metaphor
"But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill."
understatement
"Tickled" - When asked how his execution by firing squad went in Wolverine (the movie).
simile
All at once he sprang into jerky agitation, like one of those flat wooden figures that are worked by a string.
simile
All day Tarzan followed Kulonga, hovering above him in the trees like some malignant spirit.
onomatopoeia
After a time he began to wander about, going lippity - lippity, not very fast, and looking all around."
metaphor
"Men's words are bullets, that their enemies take up and make use of against them."
simile
a reflection of the sunlight between glass and woodwork in a corner was like a butterfly poised upon a flower.
onomatopoeia
...And blue spurt of a lighted match.
simile
and stood looking up at her, his drowsy gray eyes wide with a smile and the sun so bright on his blond hair that it seemed like a cap of shining silver.
personification
And murmuring of innumerable bees.
onomatopoeia
As she sat in the chair, kerplunk it broke.
imagery
As we began to cut open the nearest melon, we could smell the pungent skin mingling with the dusty odor of the dry earth.
metaphor
A figure of speech in which the language of one thing is used to discuss something else for the sake of comparison; not a literal comparison; used in order to suggest a similarity without stating it directly.
simile
A figure of speech that uses direct comparison made between two unlike things, using a word of comparison such as like, as, than, such as, or resembles. These comparisons are not meant literally.
personification
A kind of metaphor that gives inanimate objects or abstract ideas human characteristics
analogy
A comparision between an unfamilar idea, thing, or situation and something the audience already understands; although the two objects may not appear similar, they are in at least one signicant way.
onomatopoeia
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
symbolism
A concrete or real object (or action) used to represent an idea.
synesthesia
describing one kind of sensation in terms of another; a mismatch of the senses
synesthesia
I hear the bouncing hills...
personification
smiles and frowns chasing each other over that open countenance
analogy
Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you are going to get.
personification
smiles and frowns chasing each other over that open countenance
symbolism
A man gives a rose to his wife.
alliteration
Repetition of sounds at the beginning of words.
metaphor
"Love is a temple; love's a higher law."
metaphor
Time is a thief.
synesthesia
Her bright smile was hiding a dark cough.
symbolism
Doves are released at a wedding.
hyperbole
"I was quaking from head to foot, and could have hung my hat on my eyes, they stuck out so far."
allusion
A reference within a piece of literature to another work of literature, art, or music or to a well known historical event, person, or place. The purpose of an allusion is to give us a fuller understanding of the piece of literature in which it appears by helping us to see it in comparison with something else we may know better.
understatement
A figure of speech in which a writer or speaker says less than what he or she means; the opposite of exaggeration or hyperbole
understatement
It is just a little cool today" - when the temperature outside is 5° below zero.
alliteration
The price of pickles is promising.
allusion
"The killer wore a mark of Cain as he stalked his brother" - (the Biblical story of Cain and Abel)
allusion
Song Lyric: "Cupid, draw back your bow, and let your arrow flow straight to my lover's heart for me." (Cupid is the Greek god of love.)
allusion
I said to my brother when he didnt want to give e my turn at the video game, "Ok, Frodo, time to give up the Ring." (Frodo was the main character in Tolkein's famous Lord of the Rings trilogy.)
understatement
I only studied for 15 hours for figurative language test. Not much.
alliteration
Our new summer sensation is now selling super well!
allusion
"He was a real Romeo with the ladies." (ignore the metaphor)
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