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A form of extended metaphor in which the underlying meaning has a moral, social, religious or political significance
The comparison of two pairs which have the same relationship
A comparison of two dissimilar things which does not use 'like' or 'as'
A comparison of two dissimilar things using 'like' or 'as'
The use of an object or idea to suggest a broader and deeper meaning
Anything that stands for something else (E.g. a flag represents the nation)
Giving human attributes, powers or feelings to abstractions or inanimate objects
A statement with two parts which seem contradictory
A statement with two parts which seem contradictory yet make sense with more thought
substituting a word for another word closely associated with it (E.g. stage = theatre)
Using a mild or gentle phrase instead of a blunt, embarrassing or painful one (E.g. 'gone to a better place' rather than 'dead')
Characters, images and themes that symbolically embody universal meanings and basic human experiences
The act of attributing human forms or qualities to entities which are not human
The use of a part to represent the whole (E.g. 'lend me your ears' = give me your attention
A simplified and/or standardized conception or image with specific meaning often held in common by members of a group