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Anti Climax

An arrangement of details such that the lesser appears at the point where something greater is expected.

Hubris

Overweening pride or insolence that results in the misfortune of the protagonist of a tragedy.

Pejorative

A word or grammatical form of expression that expresses disrespect.

Portmantuea
Words formed by telescoping two words into one.
Malapropism
An inappropriateness of speech resulting from the use of one word for another which resembles it.
Understatement
The opposite of hyperbole. It's a kind of irony that deliberately represents something as being much less than it really is.
Anachronism
A person, scene, event or other element that fails to correspond with the appropriate time or era.
Parenthetical
A comment that interrupts the immediate subject, often to qualify or explain.
Didactic

Form of fiction or nonfiction that teaches a specific lesson or moral or provides a model of correct behavior or thinking.

Palindrome

Writing that reads the same front left to right and from right to left.

Enjambment
The continuation of a sentence without a pause at the end of a line, couplet or stanza.

Ambiguity

The repetition of the same consonant sound at the beginning of several words in a line of poetry.

Elegy

A poem or song composed especially as a lament for a deceased person.

Paradox

Statement which seems to contradict itself.

Prose

Ordinary speech or writing without metrical structure, written in a paragraph form.

Iamb

An iambic foot has two syllables. The first is unstressed and the second is stressed.

Memoir

An account of the personal experience of an author.

Motif

A dominant theme or central idea

Anecdote

A short story or joke told at the beginning of a speech to gain the audience's attention.

Hamartia

The error, frailty, mistaken judgement or misstep through which the fortunes of the hero of tragedy are reversed.

Sacred Cow

Refers to something that can't be interfered with or harmed in anyway.

Read the Riot act

It is to issue a stern warning that if unacceptable behavior happens, severe consequences will happen.

Once in a blue moon

Something that happens every once in a while maybe every year.

Pearls before swine

It is offering something precious to someone unable to appreciate the value of what they are being given.

Crocodile Tears

To show false sympathy for someone.

Omne Trium Perfectum

Everything that comes in three's is perfect.

15 minutes of fame

When someone receives a great deal of media alteration for something fairly trivial.

Burning Bush

Refers to a medium through which the voice of absolute authority speaks.

Forty acres and a mule

An unfulfilled promise

Skeleton in the closet

Unpleasant or embarrassing things about a person that he or she would prefer to keep hidden from others.