Having two or more possible meanings or interpretations, with the correct choice difficult to determine.
A comparison of one thing to another, based on their similarities in certain respects. Appeals mainly to a person's logic or intelligence, not the emotions or censes. Ex: comparing the heart to a pump
The contrast of two ideas, often done by placing the two opposing parts side by side, or against one another; such as "Give me liberty or give me death."
To address or speak directly to a personified thing or idea; also to directly address someone or something not present. Ex: Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day!
An expression that seems dull, trite, and unimaginative because of long overuse, such as "brave as a lion." Some are accepted as colorful, colloquial sayings.
An expression of proper for everyday conversation but not for standard or formal writing or speech.
Expressing ideas indirectly, such as by a comparison, metaphor, or other figure of speech.
Figure of speech
Any expressive use of language, such as metaphor, simile, antithesis, irony, and so on, that consists of words used in other than their literal sense.
Obvious exaggeration that is intended for effect; an extravagant statement not meant to be taken literally; another type of figure of speech. Ex: "I've been waiting here for an eternity."
The use of language that directs its appeal to the five senses, asking readers to "see" or mentally picture the scene, person, or object written about. Might also appeal to senses of hearing, touch, smell, or taste.
To put or "weave" in an underlying meaning that is intended to be understood but is not openly expressed.
To "take out" or to draw a conclusion based on that which is implied, but not openly stated.
Something that is inferred.
A figure of speech that always contains the element of being the opposite of what someone would normally expect. These are three types: verbal, dramatic, and situation irony.
Meant to be taken as given; to be accepted at face value or primary meaning, not in a figurative sense.
A figure of speech that compares one object to another that is not obviously similar in an attempt to show the reader qualities that the secondary one shares with the subject of the comparison.
To give human qualities to a thing or creature that is not human.
Humor that makes fun of a serious situation.
A type of comparison or metaphor using "like" or "as".
Repetition of vowel sounds without repetition of consonants. Ex: icy night
The act of repeating words or phrases in a literary work.
The name of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it Ex: buzz, hiss
The repetition of initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables.
The expression of emotion in a literary work Ex: wold and woolly
Style or manner of expression in speaking or writing.
(adj.) moderate, sparing (as in eating and drinking); characterized by abstinence and self-discipline
(v.) to emphasize, place stress on
(adj.) deserving of blame or correction
(adj.) likely but not certain to happen, possible; dependent on uncertain events or conditions (n.) a representative group forming part of a larger body
(v.) to confirm, make more certain
(n.) an inhabitant, resident; one who frequents a place
(adj.) passing aimlessly from one subject to another, rambling
(v.) to scatter widely
(adj.) poorly dressed, shabby; lacking smartness and good taste