AP Language

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  1. Ad Hominem
    Latin for "against the man." When a writer personally attacks his or her opponents instead of their arguments
  2. Anachromy
    • A term used in modern narratology to denote a discrepancy between the order in which events of the story occur and the order in which they are presented to us in the plot
    • 1. Flashback/Analepsis
    • 2. Flash-forward/Proplepis
  3. Anadiplosis
    Repeats the last word of one phrase, clause, or sentence at or near the very beginning of the next. It can be generated for the sake of beauty or to give a sense of logical progression.
  4. Anaphora
    A rhetorical figure of repetition in which the same word or phrase is in ( and usually at the beginning of) successive lines, clauses, or sentences.
  5. Epistrophe
    A rhetorical figure by which the same word or phrase is repeated at the end of successive clauses.
  6. Antimetabole
    reversing the order of repeated words or phrases ( a loosely chiastic structure, AB-BA) to intensify the final formulation, to present alternatives, or to show contrast.
  7. Aphorism
    A statement of some general principle, expressed memorably by condensing much wisdom into a few words.
  8. Apology
    In the literary sense, a justification of defense of the writer's opinions or conduct, not usually implying any admission of blame.
  9. Aporia
    Expresses doubt abut an idea of conclusion. Among its several uses are the suggesting of alternatives without making a commitment to either or any.
  10. Aposiopesis
    stopping abruptly and leaving a statement unfinished
  11. Asyndeton
    A form of verbal compression which consists of the omission of connecting words between clauses.
  12. Conduplicato
    resembles anadiplosis, but repeats a key word (not just the last word) from a preceding phrase, clause, or sentence, at the beginning of the next
  13. Diacope
    repetition of a word or phrase after an intervening word or phrase
  14. Didactic
    Fiction or nonfiction that teaches a specific lesson or moral or provided a model of correct behaviour or thinking
  15. Epanalepsis
    Repeats the beginning word of a clause or sentence at the end
  16. Hyperbole
    Extreme exaggeration
  17. Hypophora
    consists of raising one or more questions and then proceeding to answer them, usually at some length.
  18. Irony
    A subtly humorous perception of inconsistency
  19. Litotes
    A figure of speech by which an affirmation is made by denying the opposite; understatement
  20. Logic
    An implied comparison resulting when one thing is directly called another. To be logically acceptable, support must be appropriate to the claim, believable and consistent.
  21. Meiosis
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AP Language
AP Rhetoric Midterm Vocabulary
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