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Human Affairs

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Volume 24, Issue 2


Dry or picturesque? The use of figurative language in Israeli supreme court verdicts

Orly Kayam / Yair Galily
Published Online: 2014-03-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-014-0225-x


The legal language of lawyers and judges is generally dry and factual but an examination of the rulings of Israeli Supreme Court justices shows that at least some of them use very picturesque speech to support their positions. This paper describes the use of figurative language as employed by Israeli Supreme Court justices in their writing of verdicts. Examples of the use of metaphors, metonymy, word play, imagery, oxymorons, parables and allegory are cited and discussed.

Keywords: figurative language; Israeli supreme court; verdicts

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Published Online: 2014-03-29

Published in Print: 2014-04-01

Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 24, Issue 2, Pages 269–280, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-014-0225-x.

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