figure of speech

Definition of figure of speech

  1. :  a form of expression (such 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

First Known Use of figure of speech

1751

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FIGURE OF SPEECH Defined for Kids

figure of speech

noun

Definition of figure of speech for Students

plural

figures of speech

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



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