Figure of speech

By: Amari Johnson

What is figure of speech?

Figure of speech is a word or phrase used in a non-literal sense to add rhetorical force to a spoken or written passage.

Types of Figure of Speech

Some of the most common figures of speech are:

  • simile
  • metaphor
  • hyperbole
  • alliteration
  • irony
  • onomatopoeia
  • personification
  • pun


simile - The girl ran as fast as a cheetah.

metaphor - My dog is a couch potato.

personification - The trees scream in the raging wind.

hyperbole - Yesterday I ran about 30 miles!

pun - The two pianist had a good marriage. They always were in a chord.

alliteration - Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.