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hard to understand;

Sentence: WE expect some abstract thinking from a philosopher.

Sandra's abstract ideas confused her friends.
two or more words with the same initial sound.

Sentence: Edgar Allan Poe is noted for his use of alliteration in his poetry.

"Sally sells seashells at the seashore" is an example of alliteration.
open to more then one interpretations; vague

Sentence: I was completely confused by Mike's ambiguous remarks.

Judge Spencer's rulings were crystal clear, with no evidence of ambiguous decision anywhere.
anticlimax; triteness or triviality in style; sentimentality.

Sentence: In his summation to the jury, the defense attorney stooped to bathos to portray his client as a misunderstood and unhappy victim of circumstances.

The drama suffered from bathos, the strongest and most telling point having been made in the first act.
an abusive word or phrase

Sentence: The cruel epithet was edited out of the newspaper column.

Regina demanded an apology for the epithet that Danny used to describe her.
ridiculous misuse of words, especially by confusion or words that are similar in sound Ex:bush isms

Sentences: In an obvious malapropism, Mrs. Farrell said she was bemused by the exciting circus performance.
the application of a word or phrase to an object or concept that it does not literally denote, in order to suggest a comparison with another object or concept.

Sentence: "A mighty fortress is our God" is a metaphor expressing the permanence, power, and protectiveness of the Deity.
formation of words in imitation of natural sounds; the use of words whose sound suggest the sense.

Sentence: A study of the poet's frequent use of onomatopoeia shows he had an unusual ear for natural sounds, as if he were listening to Nature and letting it speak for itself.
a figure of speech by which a particular phrasing of words produces an effect by seeming self-contradiction.
an oration, discourse, or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy.
example or pattern; a set of forms in grammar all of which contain a particular element, especially the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem.
knowing many or several languages; containing, composed of , or in several languages; a confusion of languages.
the study of meaning; the study of linguistic developement by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form
a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared using the words "like" or "as", as in "she is like a rose"
a poem, speech or slang of lamentation, especially for the dead; dirge; funeral song