Definition of figure of speech in English:

figure of speech

Line breaks: fig¦ure of speech

noun

  • A word or phrase used in a non-literal sense for rhetorical or vivid effect.
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    • If anything is missing from her far-reaching analyses it is a sense of how recurring figures of speech effect the desire and response of readers.
    • Images are often presented through figures of speech like simile and metaphor.
    • Poetry is language that makes abundant use of figures of speech and language that aims to be powerfully persuasive.

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Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skōSH
noun
a small amount; a little