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ad hominim argument
from Latin meaning to or against the argument that appeals to emotion rather than reason, to feeling rather than intellect
allegory
device of using characters or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to literal meaning; the allegorical meaning usually deals with moral truth or generalization about human existence
alliteration
repetition of sounds especially initial consonant sounds in 2 or more neighboring words; the repetition can reinforce meaning, unify ideas, and supply a musical sound
allusion
a direct or indirect reference to something that is presumably commonly known such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art
ambiguity
the multiple meanings either intentional or unintentional of a word, phrase, sentence, or paragraph
analogy
a similarity or comparison bw 2 different things or the relationship bw them; analogies make writing more vivid, imaginative, and intellectually engaging
antecedent
the word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun
antithesis
a figure of speech involving a seeming contradiction of ideas, words, clauses, or sentences within a balanced grammatical structure, the resulting parallelism serves to emphasize opposition of ideas
aphorism
a terse statement of KNOWN authorship that expresses a general truth or moral principle
apostrophe
a figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or personified abstraction such as liberty or love; the effect may add familiarity or emotional intensity
atmosphere
the emotional mood created by the entirety of a literary work established partly by the setting and partly by the author's choice of objects that are described; frequently, atmosphere foreshadows events
charicature
a representation pictorial or literary in which the subjects distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect; synonymous words include satire, travesty, lampoon, parody, and burlesque
colloqualism
slang or informality in seech or writing
conceit
a fanciful expression usually in the form of and extended metaphor or surprising analogy bw seemingly dissimilar objects
connotation
the non literal associative meaning of a word; the implied suggested meaning may involve ideas emotions or attitudes
denotation
the strict literal defintion of a word
diction
a writer's word chioces; a component of an author's style
didactic
instructive; they have primarily the aim of teaching or instructing especially on moral or ethical principles
euphemism
a more agreeable or less offensive substitute for generally unpleasant words or concepts; ued to adhere to standards of social or political correctness or to add humor or ironic understatement
figure of speech
a device used to produce figurative language that may compare dissimilar things
genre
the major category into which a literary work fits; prose, poetry, drama
homily
a sermon; any serious talk, speech, or lecture involving moral or spiritual advice
invective
an emotionally violent verbal denunciation or attack using strong, abusive language
irony
contrast bw what is stated explicitly and what is really meant; verbal; situational; dramatic=audience knows what characters don't
juxtaposition
placing dissimilar items, descriptions, or ideas close together or side by side especially for comparison or contrast