Updated: 2/11/2021

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  • A simile is a comparison of two things using like or as.
  • Your dog is as big as a wolf.
  • Simile
  • Deliberate exaggeration for effect is known as hyperbole.
  • It's so cold I feel like I could freeze to death.
  • Hyperbole
  • Words that accurately describe the sounds they represent are an example of onomatopoeia.
  • Onomatopoeia
  • SMACK!
  • An oxymoron is a condensed paradox in which two terms are combined which are opposite in meaning, but which, in context, have legitimate meaning.
  • This school is pretty ugly.
  • Oxymoron
  • I agree.
  • When a closely related idea is used to stand for the idea itself, this is termed synecdoche.
  • Just got a new whip.
  • Synecdoche
  • Wow!