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Ambiguity- L

Doubtful or unclear; contains more than one meaning
Used in literature through wording, symbol, or action

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Apostrophe- L

Addressing of a usually absent person or usually personified thing rhetorically
In literature, apostrophe is a figure of speech sometimes represented by exclamation

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Juxtaposition- L

Where two things are seen or placed close together with contrasting effects

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Paradox- L

A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth

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Understatement- L

A figure of speech employed by writers or speakers to intentionally make a situation make a situation seem less important that it really is

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Syllogism- L

A form of deductive reasoning in which the conclusion is supported by a major or minor premise

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Propaganda- L

Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view

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Parody- L

A piece that imitates and exaggerates prominent features of another; used for comedic effect or ridicule

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Euphemism- L

Polite, indirect expressions which replace words and phrases considered harsh and impolite of which suggest something unpleasant.

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Inversion- L

Also known as anastrophe, is a literary technique in which the normal order of word is reversed in order to achieve a particular effect if emphasis or meter

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Aphorism- L

A statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise or witty manner

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Allegory- L

A complete narrative which involves characters, and events that stand for an abstract idea or an event

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Insolent- T

Bold, arrogant, insulting, rude, or disrespectful in manner

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Contemptuous- T

Feeling or showing deep hatred or disapproval

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Abstruse- T

Difficult to understand

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Provincial- T

A person who lives in or comes from a place far from big cities

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Melancholy- T

Extensive sadness, depressive state, gloomy

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Giddy- T

Having a sensation if whirling and/or a tendency to fall or stagger; dizzy

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Didactic- T

Teaching or intending to teach

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Colloquial- T

Informal, casual talk; slang, jargon

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Benevolent- T

An expression of goodwill or kind feelings

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Flippant- T

Not being serious in attitude or behavior; sarcastic

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Caustic- T

To be sarcastic in a scornful and bitter way

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Effusive- T

Expressing emotion without restraint; overflowing