The Top 14 Figures of Speech

A figure of speech is a rhetorical device that accomplishes a unique effect by utilizing words distinctively. Although there are hundreds of figures of speech, here we’ll focus on 14 top examples.

Alliteration Examples

  • Shsells seashells.

Anaphora Examples

  • I came, I saw, I conquered.”

Assonance Examples

  • A – “For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore.” – “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe

Euphemism Examples

  • A little thin on top

Hyperbole Examples

  • I’ve told you to stop a thousand times.

Irony Examples

  • “How nice!” she said when I told her I had to work all weekend.

Metaphor Examples

  • heart of stone

Onomatopoeia Examples

  • whoosh

Oxymoron Examples

  • peace force

Personification Examples

  • The flowers nodded.

Simile Examples

  • as slippery as an eel

Synecdoche Examples

  • wheels can represent a car

Understatement Examples

  • It’s just a scratch. (referring to a large dent)

Idiomatic Figures of Speech

  • I’m as mad as a wet hen! (I’m extremely angry.)