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Common Literary Devices
7th Grade ELA
Terms in this set (15)
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
when a writer gives human qualities to animals or objects
the repetition of the same consonant sound in words occurring near one another
using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning
Reveals a truth which at first seems contradictory
An obvious exaggeration or overstatement
An expression comparing one thing to another using the words "like" or "as"
A comparison of two unlike things without using like or as.
A casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event
When a writer invokes the five senses
an expression with a meaning different from the literal meaning of the individual words
the juxtaposition of two opposite terms
A polite word or phrase used in place of one that may be too direct, unpleasant, or embarrassing
An expression that has lost its power or originality from overuse
A humorous play on words, often involving double meanings
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