Figure of Speech

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What Are We About?

Figure of Speech is a word or phrase used in a nonliteral sense to add rhetorical force to a spoken or written passage.

Types of Figure of Speech

  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Personification
  • Hyperbole
  • Alliteration
  • Irony
  • Onomatopoeia

Definition of Types of Figure Speech

  • Simile- a comparison between two objects using words "like" or "as" (Possibly "seems" or "appears").
  • Metaphor- is a comparison between two objects not using "like" or "as".
  • Personification- when human characteristics are given to a non-human object.
  • Hyperbole- an extreme exaggeration.
  • Alliteration- using words that begin with the same sound.
  • Irony- the use of the words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of it's literal meaning.
  • Onomatopoeia- the word actually sounds like what it means.

Examples

Simile-

The girl's hair was as orange as the sun.
Metaphor-

He is the apple of my eye.

Personification-

The wind howled through the night.

Hyperbole-

I told you 50,000 times already!

Alliteration-

Raena Ran Really Rapid in the Running Race.

Irony-

The unsinkable Titanic sank.

Onomatopoeia-

Pow! Boom! Wow! Hiss!