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Study the word list: GCSE English Language: Language Features 4

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Word list: GCSE English Language: Language Features 4

figure A figure of speech is a word or phrase used in a non-literal sense.
speech A figure of speech is a word or phrase used in a non-literal sense.
hyperbole Hyperbole means exaggeration.
assonance Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds within a phrase.
imagery Imagery is the use of visually descriptive language.
irony Irony is when you say the opposite of what you mean for dramatic or humorous effect.
jargon Specialist language is known as jargon.
superlative A superlative is an adjective or adverb that describes something as being of the highest degree.
imperative An imperative verb is an instruction or command.
euphemism A euphemism is a word or sentence used in place of one that might be considered offensive.
emphasis If you put emphasis on something, it means you give it importance.
emotive Emotive language is language that elicits an emotional response from the reader.
language Emotive language is language that elicits an emotional response from the reader.
onomatopoeia Onomatopoeia is when a word imitates the sound of the action or thing it describes.
personification Personification is when human characteristics are given to non-human things.
connotation A connotation is a commonly understood association of a word or phrase.
extended An extended metaphor is when an analogy extends across a literary work.
metaphor An extended metaphor is when an analogy extends across a literary work.

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