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Ad hominem

An argument attacking an individuals character rather than his/her position on an issuer

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Allegory

A figure of speech in which abstract ideas and principles are described in terms of characters, figures and events

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Alliteration

A number of words with the same first consonant sound

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Allusion

A reference to something literary, mythological, or historical

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Analogy

A comparison between two different things which are similar in some way

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Anaphora

Repetition of the first part of the sentence for emphasis and artistic effects

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Anecdote

A short or interesting story to demonstrate or support the story

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Antithesis

Two opposite ideas are out together

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Aphorism

A statement expressed in a concise and witty manner

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Apostrophe

A writer or a speaker detaches himself from the reality and addresses an imaginary character

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Chiasmus

A statement consisting of two parts in which the second part is structurally reversed

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Colloquialism

The use of informal words

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Conceit

Unlikely comparison

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Connotation

Emotional meaning of the word

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Denotation

The literal meaning of a word without emotional baggage

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DICTION

word choice

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Didactic

Literary texts that are loaded with information or realistic matter

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Ellipsis

A literary device that is used to omit parts of a sentence or event to allow the reader to fill in the gaps

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Epiphany

Moment where a character achieves realization

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Euphemism

A polite way of saying something; more indirect

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Genre

The major types of literature characterized by a specific form, content, and style

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Hyperbole

Exaggeration for effect

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Imagery

Using figurative language to represent objects to appear to our senses

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Invective

Speech or writing that attacks, insults, or points out the negative