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Consonance

Repetition of identical consonant sounds within two or more words on close proximity as in boost/best it can be seen within several compound words such as fulfill and ping pong

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Conundrum

A riddle whose answer is or involves a pun; it may be a paradox or difficult problem

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Deduction

The process or moving from a general rule to a specific example

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Denotation

Literal meaning of a word as defined

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Description

The picturing in words of something or someone through detailed observation or color, motion, sound, smell, and touch; one of the four modes of discourse

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Diction

Word choice, an element of style; it creates tone, attitude, and style, as well as meaning. Different types and arrangement of words have significant effects on meaning. An essay on meaning. An essay written in academic diction would be much less colorful, but more precise than slang

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Didactic

Writing whose purpose is instruct or to teach. The work is usually formal and focuses on moral or ethical concerns. The type of writing my be fiction or nonfiction that teaches a specific lesson or moral or provides a model of correct behavior or thinking

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Discourse

Spoken or written language, including literary works; the four traditionally classified modes of discourse are description, exposition, narration, and persuasion

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Dissonance

Harsh or grating sounds that do not go together

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Dramatic irony

When the reader is aware of an inconsistency between a fictional or nonfictional characters perception of a situation and the truth of that situation

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Emotional appeal

When a writer appeals to readers emotions(often through pathos) to excite an involve them on the argument

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Epigraph

The use of quotation at the beginning of a work that hints at its theme

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Epistophe

Repetition of a word or expression at the end of a successive phrases (as Lincoln's "of the people, by the people, for the people") compare to anaphora.

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Ethical appeal

When a writes tries to persuade the audience to respect and believe him or her based on a presentation of image of self through the text. Reputation is sometimes a factor in this type of appeal, but in all cases the aim is to gain the audiences confidence. (Ethos)

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Euphemism

A more acceptable and usually more pleasant way of saying something that might be inappropriate or uncomfortable.

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Euphony

A succession of harmonious sounds used in poetry or prose; the opposite of cacophony