What does figure of speech mean?

Definitions for figure of speech

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trope, figure of speech, figure, image(noun)

    language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense


  1. figure of speech(Noun)

    A word or phrase that departs from straightforward, literal language.


  1. Figure of speech

    A figure of speech is the use of a word or a phrase, which ascend from its literal interpretation. It can also be a special repetition, arrangement or omission of words with literal meaning, or a phrase with a specialized meaning not based on the literal meaning of the words in it, as in idiom, metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, or synecdoche. Figures of speech often provide emphasis, freshness of expression, or clarity. However, clarity may also suffer from their use, as any figure of speech introduces an ambiguity between literal and figurative interpretation. A figure of speech is sometimes called a rhetorical figure or a locution. Not all theories of meaning have a concept of "literal language". Under theories that do not, figure of speech is not an entirely coherent concept.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of figure of speech in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of figure of speech in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jerry Brown:

    You see, in California we are focusing on bridges, not walls, and that’s more than just a figure of speech.

  2. Mark Twain:

    He would come in and say he changed his mind -- which was a gilded figure of speech, because he didn't have any.

  3. General Boykin:

    They claimed I was calling for violence against transgenders, obviously it is not true. It was a figure of speech. It was meant to be humorous and it was humorous to the audience.

  4. Paul Nappi:

    I agree with the pope as far as being a true Christian, you accept everybody, i happen to like Trump but I don't know if he's literally about building walls or that's just a figure of speech.

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