English Vocabulary

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English Vocabulary
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  1. A literary work in which characters, objects, or actions represent abstractions.
    Allegory
  2. A reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize.
    Allusion
  3. The repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of consecutive lines or sentences.
    Anaphora
  4. The word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers.
    Antecedent
  5. A concise statement that expresses succinctly a general truth or idea, often using rhyme or balance.
    Aphorism
  6. A figure of speech in which one directly addresses an absent or imaginary person, or some abstraction.
    Apostrophe
  7. A statement consisting of two parallel parts in which the second part is structurally reversed. ("Susan walked in, and out rushed Mary")
    Chiasmus
  8. Informal words or expressions not usually acceptable in formal writing.
    Colloquialism
  9. The implied or associative meaning of a word.
    Connotation
  10. The literal meaning of a word.
    Denotation
  11. The word choices made by a writer.
    Diction
  12. Having the primary purpose of teaching or instructing.
    Didactic
  13. The omission of a word or phrase which is grammatically necessary but can be deduced from the context ("Some people prefer cats; others, dogs")
    Ellipsis
  14. An indirect, less offensive way of saying something that is considered unpleasant
    Euphemism
  15. An expression in a give language that cannot be understood from the lieteral meaning of the words in the expression; or, a regional speech or dialect.
    Idiom
  16. Deriving general principles from particular facts or instances ("Every cat I have ever seen has four legs; cats are four-legged animals).
    Inductive Reasoning
  17. An expression in which two words that contradict each other are joined.
    Oxymoron
  18. An apparently contradictory statement that actually contains some truth.
    Paradox (Similar to oxymoron)
  19. The use of corresponding grammatical or syntactical forms
    Parallelism
  20. Placing two elements side by side to present a comparison or contrast
    Juxtaposition
  21. A type of understatement in which an idea is expressed by negating its opposite (describing a particularly horrific scene by saying, "It was not a pretty picture).
    Litotes
  22. Substitutng the name of one object for another object closely associated with it ("The pen [writing] is mightier than the sword [war/fighting]").
    Metonymy
  23. A standard theme, element, or dramatic situation that recurs in various works.
    Motif
  24. The use of humor to emphasize human weaknesses or imperfections in social institutions.
    Satire
  25. Using one part of an object to represent the entire object (for example, referring to a car simply as "wheels")
    Synedoche

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