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Preconception
a conception or opinion formed beforehand.
Parody
a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing
Paradox
A paradox is an apparently true statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies intuition.
Ubiquitous
existing or being everywhere, esp. at the same time; omnipresent
Red Herring
Ment to distract
Ad Homonym
Personal Attack
Non sequitur
an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises.
Innocuous
not harmful or injurious
Impertinent
intrusive or presumptuous, as persons or their actions, not pertinent or relevant; irrelevant
Anarchist
a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed.
Recluse
a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society, often for religious meditation.
Dissident
disagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude
Allegorical
a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
Narrative
a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious
Reticence
The state or quality of being reluctant; unwillingness
Fables
a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters
Onerous
burdensome, oppressive, or troublesome; causing hardship
Ineffable
incapable of being expressed or described in words
Piety
reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations
Enervating
to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
Torpid
slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic
Begrimed
to make grimy
Clandestine
characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment
Surreptitious
obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine
Mixed Metaphor
the use in the same expression of two or more metaphors that are incongruous or illogical when combined, as in “The president will put the ship of state on its feet.”
Hackneyed
made commonplace or trite; stale
Reiteration
to say or do again or repeatedly
Fallibility
liable to be erroneous or false; not accurate