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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An expression that uses language in a nonliteral way, such as a metaphor or synecdoche, or in a structured or unusual way, such as anaphora or chiasmus, or that employs sounds, such as alliteration or assonance, to achieve a rhetorical effect.

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

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