What is figurative language? Examples?

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Whenever you describe something by comparing it with something else, you
are using figurative language. 


*Simile*

A simile uses the words “like” or “as” to compare one object or idea
with another to suggest they are alike.*
Example: busy as a bee*


*Metaphor*

The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of
comparison. A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more
positive - it says you are something. *
Example: You are what you eat.*


*Personification*  

A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or
an object. 
* Example: My teddy bear gave me a hug.*


*Alliteration*

The repetition of the same initial letter, sound, or group of sounds in a
series of words. Alliteration includes tongue twisters. 
* Example: She sells seashells by the seashore.*


*Onomatopoeia*

The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the sound made
by an object or an action. 
* Example: snap crackle pop *


*Hyperbole*

An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement
is true. Tall tales are hyperboles.
*Example: He was so hungry, he ate that whole cornfield for lunch, stalks
and all.*


*Idioms*

According to Webster's Dictionary, an idiom is defined as: peculiar to
itself either grammatically (as no, it wasn't me) or in having a meaning
that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements. 
*Example:* Monday week for "the Monday a week after next Monday"


* Clichés* 

A cliché is an expression that has been used so often that it


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what is figurative language


Literal and figurative language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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** Literal and figurative language **

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When "She is as pretty as a daisy" is used to describe the woman on the
left, it is a figurative use of language - it does not mean that she looks
like a daisy. When "She is as pretty as a daisy" is used to describe the
woman on the right, it is used in literal manner - she has the petals and
leaves of a flower.

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*Literal and figurative language* is a distinction within some fields of
language analysis. Literal language refers to words that do not deviate
from their defined meaning. Non-literal or figurative language refers to
words, and groups of words, that exaggerate or alter the usual meanings of
the component words.

A literal usage is the "normal" meanings of the words.^[1] It maintains a
consistent meaning regardless of the context,^[2] with "the intended
meaning correspond[ing] exactly to the meaning" of the individual
words.^[3] Figurative use of language is the use of words or phrases in a
manner where the literal meaning of


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literal_and_figurative_language

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