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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 trope (def. 1).

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Origin of figure of speech

First recorded in 1815–25
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figure of speech

noun

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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