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.
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Comparing two unlike things using words such as "like" or "as" Example: The sisters fought like cats and dogs!
Comparing two unlike things NOT using the words "like" or "as." Example: How could she marry a snake like that?
Giving an object or animal human feelings, thoughts, attitudes or actions.
Extreme exaggeration for effect.
Repeated beginning consonant sounds. Example: The fog filtered over the field finally hiding the fence.
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 in life.
Contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. Example: The firehouse burned down.
Example: From the poet Who doesn't know it
Example sentence: The rain danced on my roof.
Example sentence: When I wanted to spend my money, my mom always said a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Example sentence: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Example sentence: I've said that a million times.
Example sentence: Matthew is a tall, cool drink of water.
Example sentence: Getting an A on this test is a piece of cake.
Example sentence: Tobias ran like a cheetah.
Example sentence: The cat in the hat Sat on a bat
Definition: A phrase used in everyday language that doesn't make sense literally, but people know what it means.
Definition: A comparison of two unlike things without using like or as.
Definition: A pattern of end sounds.
Definition: A comparison of two unlike things using "Like" or "As."
Definition: Giving human characteristics to something non-human.