figure of speech

fig·ure of speech
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fig-yer uhv, ov speech]
    • /ˈfɪg yər ʌv, ɒv spitʃ/
    • /ˈfɪɡə(r) əv spiːtʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fig-yer uhv, ov speech]
    • /ˈfɪg yər ʌv, ɒv spitʃ/

Definitions of figure of speech words

  • noun plural figure of speech any expressive use of language, as a metaphor, simile, personification, or antithesis, in which words are used in other than their literal sense, or in other than their ordinary locutions, in order to suggest a picture or image or for other special effect. Compare trope (def 1). 1
  • noun figure of speech idiom 1
  • countable noun figure of speech A figure of speech is an expression or word that is used with a metaphorical rather than a literal meaning. 0
  • noun figure of speech an expression of language, such as simile, metaphor, or personification, by which the usual or literal meaning of a word is not employed 0
  • noun figure of speech an expression, as a metaphor or simile, using words in a nonliteral sense or unusual manner to add vividness, beauty, etc. to what is said or written 0
  • noun figure of speech (Idiomatic) A word or phrase that departs from straightforward, literal language. 0

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Origin of figure of speech

First appearance:

before 1815
One of the 39% newest English words
First recorded in 1815-25

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Parts of speech for Figure of speech


figure of speech popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 2% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for figure of speech

noun figure of speech

  • allegory — An allegory is a story, poem, or painting in which the characters and events are symbols of something else. Allegories are often moral, religious, or political.
  • allusion — An allusion is an indirect reference to someone or something.
  • analogy — If you make or draw an analogy between two things, you show that they are similar in some way.
  • anticlimax — You can describe something as an anticlimax if it disappoints you because it happens after something that was very exciting, or because it is not as exciting as you expected.
  • antithesis — The antithesis of something is its exact opposite.

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