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an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

Example: The two fallow bucks are like that which supports the arms of the County Council in allusion to the name.


a thing or event that existed before or logically precedes another.

Example: Assets in such cases might consist of antecedent recoveries, income payments orders, aging book debts or equity in the matrimonial home.


prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.

Example: Jimmy is bias when it comes to sports teams.


a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning.

Example: You have to infer that the boy likes girl since he keeps talking about her.


consistently good in quality or performance; able to be trusted.

Example: I don't think this product is reliable.

Thesis Statement

usually one sentence that appears at the end of the first paragraph, though it may occur as more than one. The thesis statement is developed, supported, and explained in the course of the paper by means of examples and evidence.

Example: The thesis statement tells the main topic of the story.


a temporary state of mind or feeling.

Example: Christian isn't in a very good mood.


the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.

Example: The character doesn't have a very good tone.


express the meaning of (the writer or speaker or something written or spoken) using different words, especially to achieve greater clarity.

Example: Paraphrase that way we know that you didn't copy the article.


a brief statement or account of the main points of something.

Example: Summarize the paragraph.


a detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory.

Example: Bill critiqued my food and said it was good.


an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.

Example: The statement: "Lift your chin up" is connotation if you keep a positive attitude.


the literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests.

Example: The statement: "Lift your chin up" is denotation if you actually lift your chin up.


the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo,sizzle ).

Example: Onomatopoeia is like, "pop!" "crackle!"


a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox ).

Example: A simile uses "like" or "as."


a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

Example: A metaphor isn't literal.


exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

Example: A hyperbole is an extreme exaggeration.


the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

Example: This is alliteration: Jim and Jerry jumped over Jack.


be a warning or indication of (a future event).

Example: Foreshadow gives a future event.


a scene in a movie, novel, etc., set in a time earlier than the main story.

Example: Flashback gives ideas about the past.


the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.

Example: Symbolism is when you use symbols to express things.


visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.

Example: Imagery is when you use descriptive words to describe things.


the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.

Example: Personification is like, "The cake spoke to me through the glass."


closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand.

Example: That was relevant to the topic.


the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

Example: Irony is someone's expression.