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figure of speech

Definition of FIGURE OF SPEECH

:  a form of expression (as a simile or metaphor) used to convey meaning or heighten effect often by comparing or identifying one thing with another that has a meaning or connotation familiar to the reader or listener
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First Known Use of FIGURE OF SPEECH

1751

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile
FIGURE OF SPEECH Defined for Kids

figure of speech

noun
plural figures of speech

Definition of FIGURE OF SPEECH for Kids

:  an expression (as a simile or a metaphor) that uses words in other than a plain or literal way

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