What is a figure of speech?

1 Answer
Jul 9, 2016

A figure of speech is a word or phrase that has a meaning other than its literal meaning and is used generally to 'enhance' literature.


Examples of common figures of speech:

  • Alliteration (words placed together in a sentence or phrase with the same consonant letter beginning)
  • Hyperbole (an exaggeration of the truth)
  • Irony (words used as the opposite meaning of what is usual, often for humor)
  • Metaphors (comparing two things without using the words 'like' or 'as')
  • Onomatopoeia (words that basically spell out sounds, ex: boom, splat)
  • Personification (giving objects and ideas human actions to further describe them)
  • Simile (comparing two things using 'like' or 'as')