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the attitude of a writer, usually implied, toward the subject or audience.
Tone
informal words or expressions not usually acceptable in formal writing
Colloquialism
an indirect, less offensive way of saying something that is considered unpleasant
euphemism
The literal meaning of a word
denotation
having to do with the word choices made by a writer
diction
the manner in which words are arranged by a writer into sentences
syntax
a type of understatement in which something affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite
litotes
a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical
allusion
the implied or associative meaning of a word
connotation
something which has as its primary purpose to teach or instruct
didactic
a major category or type of literature
genre
a word formed from the imitatiobn of natural sounds
onomatopoeia
intentional exaggeration to create an effect
hyperbole
the act of speaking directly to an absent or imaginary person, or to some abstraction
apostrophe
substitiutin the name of one object for another object closely associated with it
metonymy
a humorous imitation of a serious work
parody
an object which is something in itself yet is used to represent something else
symbol
a concise statement which expresses succinctly a general truth or idea, often using rhyme or balance
aphorism
an apparently contradictory statement which actually contains some truth
paradox
an intensely vehement, highly emotional verbal attack
invective
a comparison between two different things which are similar in some way
analogy
an expression in which two words that contradict each otehr are joined
oxymoron
endowing non-human objects or creatures with human qualities or characteristics
personification
the repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of consecutive lines or sentences
anaphora