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A heated argument
Altercation
A dictionary; a specialized vocabulary
Lexicon
A particular shade of a given color
Hue
To startle into sudden activity
Galvanize
Permission; support
Sanction
Extreme exaggeration for effect and not meant to be taken literally
Hyperbole
Threatening; foreboding evil
Ominous
Rude boldness; nerve
Audacity
To demonstrate clearly; to prove
Evince
Unable to be appeased or pacified
Implacable
To urge on with stirring words
Echort
To put in prison; to confine
Incarcerate
Sharp; keen; cutting straight to the heart of the matter
Incisive
Practical; providing an immediate advantage
Expedient
Having to do with the subject at hand; relevant
Pertinent
Unable to act or move; inactivel sluggish
Inert
To get around; to bypass
Circumvent
Secret
Clandestine
To find not guilty of a fault or crime
Acquit
To express disapproval of
Deprecate
Lawyer
Barrister
Excessive praise or admiration
Adulation
Having to do with the kitchen or cooking
Culinary
Indecent; Humorously obscene
Bawdy
To punish severely
Chastise
Joking, humorous
Jocose
A very large number
Myriad
Present; hidden but not active
Latent
Destructive; deadly
Pernicious
Thrifty; econimical in money matters
Frugal
Lightness of disposition; lack of seriousness
Levity
A practical joke; a trick
Hoax
Friendly; peaceable
Amicable
Aggressively boisterous; stubborn and defiant
Obstreperous
Delighted beyong measure
Enraptured
Having to do with marriage
Marital
To lie in or be exposed to warmth
Bask
Friendly; amiable
Genial
One who pretends to have professional knowledge in order to swindle others
Charlatan
Commonplace; of the earth and not spiritual
Mundane
Likely to change on a whim or without apparent reason
Fickle
A terrible destructive or irresistible force
Juggernaut
Simple in natre; not affected or worldly; Especially innocent
Naive
Having to do with the night; occuring at night
Nocturnal
A beginner; one who is inexperienced
Novice
Harmful to the health
Noxious
To cooperate secretly in wrongdoing
Connive
Nerve; audacity
Chutzpah
A lord, master, or sovereign
Liege
Hatred
Odium
Coarse; tasteless
Crass
Overly critical; too severe in judgement
Hypercritical
A mistaken notion; a misconception
Fallacy
Self-satisfied; smug
Complacent
To confuse; to perplex
Befuddle
A wild disorder; noise, or onfusion
Pandemonium
Excessively thrifty; stingy
Parsimonious
Using more words than are needed; wordy
Verbose
Worthy of praise; Commendable
Laudable
Not wise or judicious; imprudent, as in speech or action
Indiscreet
To cause another's pride to be wounded
Pique
The study of language
Linguistics
A commoner; one from the lower class
Plebian
Showing early development, especially mental
Precocious
Inclined to prey on others
Predatory
Superior skill or ability
Prowess
Eager and ready to fight; quarrelsom
Pugnacious
To steal
Purloin
Cowardly, fearful
Pusillaninmous
To put an end to; to allay or quiet
Quell
Very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions
Quixotic
A disorderly crowd, a mob
Rabble
Raging; fanatical
Rabid
A person skilled at telling stories or anecdotes
Raconteur
Seeking revenge; bearing a grudge
Vindictive
Familiar saying
Adage
Substantial; solid
Corporal
Darling; pet
Minion
Turn red
Incarnidine
Dregs; Sediment found at the bottom of a bottle of wine
Lees
Wooden handle
Dudgeon
Slaves; captives
Thralls
Without equal
Nonpareil
Masks
Vizards
Cheerful (Macbeth)
Jocund
Wash
Lave
Murder of one's father
Parricide
Made a coward of
Cowed
Remaining
Tarrying
Reinforced
Forced
Chills, fevers
Ague
Predictions
Bodements
Conscript into military service
Impress
Seeds
Germens
Mirror
Glass
Reference to a famous person, place, or thing
Allusion
A piece of dialogue intended for the audience and supposedly not heard by the other actors on stage
Aside
Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation
Atmosphere/Suspense
When the cosmos (the universe) reflects the deeds of men on earth
Cosmic Sympathy
The usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
Dialect
A metaphor that is extended through a stanza or entire poem, often by multiple comparisons of unlike objects or ideas
Extended metaphor
Returning to a former part of the story to bring you up to date
Flashback
The author gives clues and hints as to what is going to happen
Foreshadowing
The use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas
Imagery
Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
Irony
Occurs when a character’s actions bring about unexpected results
Situational Irony
A figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant
Verbal Irony
The meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
Dramatic Irony
A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another
Metaphor
A statement that seems to contradict itself, but is true on some level
Paradox
A word or phrase is repeated several times
Repetition
When two things are compared using “like” or “as"
Simile
A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or
herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener
Soliloquy
Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or
convention
Symbol
A dramatic telling of a serious story in which the protagonist though his own fault is brought to a catastrophe
Tragedy
The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables
Alliteration
A change in normal word order
Inversion
Rhyme that occurs within a line of verse
Internal rhyme
a type of emotional songlike poetry, distinguished from dramatic and narrative poetry
Lyric poetry
The measured arrangement of words in poetry
Meter
A poem that tells a story from a narrator's point of view
Narrative poetry
The formation or use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to
Onomatopoeia
A figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities
Personification
One of the divisions of a poem
Stanza
A phrase, verse, or group of verses repeated at intervals throughout a song or poem, especially at the end of each stanza
Refrain
The arrangement of rhymes in a poem or stanza
Rhyme scheme
A 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes
Sonnet
A sonnet that is made up of two stanzas
Petrarchen; Italian Sonnet
A sonnet that is made up of three quatrains and one couplet
Shakespearean; English; Elizabethan Sonnet
A poem that tells a story
Dramatic poetry