I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race...The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification without looking further.
—Mark Twain
figure of speech
A verbal expression in which words or sounds are arranged in a particular way to achieve a particular effect. Figures of speech are organized into different categories, such as alliteration, assonance, metaphor, metonymy, onomatopoeia, simile, and synecdoche.