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abstract
summary, expressing a quality apart from an object, not representing something specific
allegory
stories of which figures and actions are symbols of general truth (Animal Farm)
antecedent
something that comes before
allusion
reference to a biblical or myth
ambiguity
unclear
analogy
similarity between unlike things
anecdote
a brief story
archetype
original pattern or model, an ideal example
cliche
a trite phrase
concrete
actual or substantial
connotation
a suggestion of additional meaning
denotation
mark out plainly, mean
diction
choice of the best word, precise pronunciation
dialectic
variety of language confined to a region or group
didactic
intended to teach a moral lesson
essay
literary composition, attempt
euphemism
substitution of a pleasant expression for an unpleasant or offensive one
expository
explanation
figurative
metaphorical
genre
category of literary composition
hyperbole
exaggeration
idiom
language peculiar to a person or group
imagery
figurative language
inference
deduction
irony
use of words to express the opposite of the literal meaning