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Abstract
adj. considered apart from material or specific instances; existing as a concept
Acronym
n. words formed from the letters of other words
Argot
n. language pecculiar to particular class or group; slang
articulate
adj. capable of speech
Blend
n. words produced from parts of other words
Cliché
n. overused expression
Concrete
adj. having a material existence
Diatribe
n. a bitter spoken or written attack
Epithet
n. word or phrase used to characterize a person or thing
Euphenism
n. mild expression substituted for one that may be harsh or unpleasant
Glib
adj. having a ready flow of words but lacking understanding or accuracy
Irony
n. humurous or sarcastic use of language in which the intended meaning is the opposite of the words used
Logorrhea
n. excessive use of words
Maxim
n. concisely expressed statement of a general truth or rule of conduct
metaphor
implied comparision of two unlike things
Metonymy
n. naming something by using another thing closely associated with it
Oxymoron
n. a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms
Palindrome
n. anything that reads the same forwards and backwards
Pejorative
adj. having a derogatory meaning or effect
Pun
n. a play on words
Redundant
adj. excesse of what is necessary or needed
Satire
n. use of ridicule to expose folly or abuse
shibboleth
n. password, saying or custom distinguishing members of one group from those of another
understatement
n. restrained statement in mocking contrast to what is warranted by the facts