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15 terms

figurative language

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simile
comparison using like or as
metaphor
comparison not using like or as
metonymy
using one thing to stand in place of another
synecdoche
using a part of something to stand for the whole thing
antonomasia
substituting an epithet or title for a proper name
personification
endowing non-human things with human traits
apostrophe
addressing an absent person or inanimate object
allusion
literary or historical reference
hyperbole
literary exaggeration
understatement/litotes
deliberately making a situation seem less serious than it is; writer expresses an affirmative by stating its opposite negatively
euphemism
using a less offensive term for one more offensive
synesthesia
describing one sense impression by using words normally associated with another sense
paradox
a seemingly illogical or contradictory statement which upon further scrutiny offers truth and insight
oxymoron
a short, pithy paradox made up of two contrasting words slammed together
zeugma
figure of speech using one word to modify two different words, with the words having different connotations (clever play on words)