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noun, plural figures of speech. Rhetoric.
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 (def 1).
an expression of language, such as simile, metaphor, or personification, by which the usual or literal meaning of a word is not employed


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