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Figurative Language Review

One meaning of the word "figure" is "image" or "picture." Figurative language creates pictures in the mind of the reader. These figures help convey meaning and understanding faster and more vividly than words alone. We use "figures of speech" in figurative language to color and interest, and to awaken the imagination. Figurative language is everywhere, from classical works by Shakespeare and the Bible to everyday speech. It is even in tons of pop music, television shows, and commercials. Figur…
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Idiom
Curiosity killed the cat.
Simile
comparing two unlike things using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: They fought like cats and dogs!
Personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
Metaphor
comparing two unlike things NOT using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: How could she marry that snake?
Allusion
A reference to someone famous in culture, history or fiction. Example: He parted the crowd like Moses and the Red Sea.
Hyperbole
exaggeration
Idiom
an expression that says one thing but means something else
Simile
Comparing two unlike things using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: The sisters fought like cats and dogs!
Metaphor
Comparing two unlike things NOT using the words "like" or "as."
Example: How could she marry a snake like that?
Allusion
My friend got so angry I thought he was going to turn green and get totally huge.
Personification
Giving an object or animal human feelings, thoughts, attitudes or actions.
Hyperbole
Extreme exaggeration for effect.
Idiom
A common, often used expression that doesn't make sense if you take it literally. Example: Seeing the world through rose colored glasses = not seeing clearly or ignoring the bad things in life.
Personification
Example sentence:
The delicious bread danced in my stomach.
Idiom
Example sentence:
When singing at church, my mom always said "break a leg."
Hyperbole
Example sentence:
I've said that a million times.
Metaphor
Example sentence:
Matthew is a tall, cool drink of water.
Idiom
Example sentence:
Getting an A on this test is a piece of cake.
Simile
Example sentence:
Jose sleeps like a log.
Idiom
A phrase commonly used in everyday language that doesn't make sense in another language.
Metaphor
Life is a highway.
Simile
A comparison of two unlike things using "Like" or "As."
Personification
Giving human characteristics to something non-human.
Hyperbole
Extreme exaggeration
Onomatopoeia
Examples:
Bang!, hiss, drip, whoosh
Simile
comparing two unlike things using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: They fought like cats and dogs!
Personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
Metaphor
comparing two unlike things NOT using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: How could she marry that snake?
Onomatopoeia
imitates a sound
Hyperbole
exaggeration
Allusion
They were like Romeo and Juliet.
Idiom
An expression that says one thing but means something else.
Allusion
An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly. Example: It was raining so hard I thought I'd have to gather some animals two by two.
Idiom
They were barking up the wrong tree.
Simile
Comparing two unlike things using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: The sisters fought worse than cats and dogs!
Metaphor
Comparing two unlike things NOT using the words "like" or "as."
Example: How could she marry a snake like that?
Allusion
She was changing her style faster than Mylie Cyrus.
Personification
Giving an object or animal human feelings, thoughts, attitudes or actions.
Hyperbole
Extreme exaggeration for effect.
Idiom
Don't let the cat out of the bag!
Personification
Example sentence:
The delicious bread danced in my stomach.
Idiom
Example sentence:
I've got my fingers crossed!
Hyperbole
Example sentence:
I've said that a million times.
Allision
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are my Achilles heel.
Metaphor
Example sentence:
Matthew is a tall, cool drink of water.
Idiom
Example sentence:
Getting an A on this test is a piece of cake.
Simile
Example sentence:
Jose sleeps like a log.
Idiom
A phrase commonly used in everyday language that doesn't make sense in another language.
Metaphor
A comparison of two unlike things without using like or as.
Simile
A comparison of two unlike things using "Like" or "As."
Personification
Giving human characteristics to something non-human.
Hyperbole
Extreme exaggeration
Idiom
She has a bun in the oven.
Allusion
He was as honest as good old Abe.
Simile
After my friend crashed his bike, his knee resembled a plate of spaghetti.
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