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60 Cards in this Set

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Allusion
reference to something well known
Ambiguity
uncertanty of a meaning
Analogy
any comparison
Anecdote
brief story
Antecedent
word for which a pronoun stands
Antithesis
direct opposite
Aphorism
brief statement which expresses a truth about life
Apostrophe
addressing an object or idea not present
Clause
gramatical construction containing a subject and a verb
Colloquialism
expression not used in formal writing
Connotation
suggested meaning of a word
Denotation
dictionary meaning of a word
Diction
authors choice of words
Didactic
language intending to teach
Ethos
appeal to ethics
Euphemism
subsituting a milder word for a harsher one
Figurative Language
language not meant to be taken literally
Hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
Imagery
words which create a mental image
Inference
drawing conclusions from information given
Irony
outcome contrary to what is expected
Juxtaposition
putting two contrasting characters or ideas side by side
Logos
appeal to logic
Metonymy
word or phrase substituted for another closely related to it
Mood
emotional atmosphere created by a literary work
Motif
recurring subject, theme or idea in a literary work
Onomatopoeia
word whose sound suggest it's meaning
Oxymoron
combining two contradicting terms
Paradox
statement which seems contradictory but is actually true
Parallelism
words or phrases that are structurally similar
Euphemism
subsituting a milder word for a harsher one
Figurative Language
language not meant to be taken literally
Hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
Imagery
words which create a mental image
Inference
drawing conclusions from information given
Irony
outcome contrary to what is expected
Juxtaposition
putting two contrasting characters or ideas side by side
Logos
appeal to logic
Metonymy
word or phrase substituted for another closely related to it
Mood
emotional atmosphere created by a literary work
Motif
recurring subject, theme or idea in a literary work
Onomatopoeia
word whose sound suggest it's meaning
Oxymoron
combining two contradicting terms
Paradox
statement which seems contradictory but is actually true
Parallelism
words or phrases that are structurally similar
Parody
literary work which imitates that style of another
Pathos
appeal to emotion
Pedantic
using overly-scholarly language
Point of View
perspective from with a story is told
Rhetoric
effective use of language
Sarcasm
bitter expression intending to hurt
Satire
writing that exposes the flaws of society intending to reform
Shift
change in pace or rhythm
Style
authors way of writing
Syntax
way in which words or phrases are put together
Tone
authors attitude toward his work
Understatement
presenting something that is less important that it actually is
Personification
giving life to an inanimate object or idea
Inversion
inverted sentence order
Wit
intellectually amusing language