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figurative language

There seemed to be few, if any, abstract terms, or little use of figurative language.
H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  language that communicates ideas beyond the ordinary or literal meaning of the words; e.g., similes, metaphors, personification, and hyperboles
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  • There seemed to be few, if any, abstract terms, or little use of figurative language.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Though the figurative language of David was not very intelligible, the sincere and steady expression of his eye, and the glow of his honest countenance, were not easily mistaken.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • At all events, dripping with perspiration, drenched with rain, with his clothes hanging in ribbons, his hands flayed, his elbows bleeding, his knees torn, Thenardier had reached what children, in their figurative language, call the edge of the wall of the ruin, there he had stretched himself out at full length, and there his strength had failed him.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We assume that ancient audiences would have been accustomed to Homer’s idioms, as modern audiences can follow a complex Shakespearean monologue as it trips off an actor’s tongue because they have experience of his rhythms, his range of conceits and figurative language.
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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  • As the girl used her figurative language and told her companions to "open their eyes, and they would see" the Delaware, Deerslayer thrust his fingers into the sides of his friend, and indulged in a fit of his hearty, benevolent laughter.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • This warrior, who, in the figurative language of his people, was called "the Swooping Eagle," had been the last to abandon the hopes of victory.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • "They will yet find the Huron a singing-bird," said Duncan, endeavoring to adopt the figurative language of the natives.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The men of the Lenape listened to his words with all the respect that superstition could lend, finding a secret charm even in the figurative language with which the young Sagamore imparted his ideas.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
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Associated words [difficulty]:   figurative language
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