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Connotation

The non-literal, associative meaning of a word; the implied, suggested meaning. Connotations may involve ideas, emotions, or attitudes.

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Consonance

repetition of two or more consonants in close proximity

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Context

the entire situation in which a piece of writing takes place, including the writer’s purpose(s); the intended audience; the time and place of writing; the institutional, social, personal, and other influences on a piece of writing; the material conditions of writing; and the writer’s attitude toward the subject and the audience

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Convention

Accepted manner, model, or tradition

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Conviction

the belief that a claim or course of action is true or reasonable. In a proposal argument, a writer must move an audience beyond conviction to action

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Counter argument

An argument in opposition to another

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Couplet

Two consecutive lines of poetry that form a unit, often emphasized by rhythm or rhyme

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Credibility

An Impression of integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness conveyed by a writer in an argument

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Critique

A detailed analysis or assessment of something

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Cumulative sentence

sentence that completes the main idea at the beginning of the sentence and then builds and add on. (But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course – both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind’s final war. –John F. Kennedy)

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Deductive reasoning

Argument in which specific statements/ conclusions are drawn from general principals

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Denotation

The strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion, attitude, or color. (Example: the denotation of a knife would be a utensil used to cut; the connotation of a knife might be fear, violence, anger, foreboding, etc.)

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Deux ex machine

An unexpected power or event saving a hopeless situation

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Dialect

Way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular group of people.

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didactic

From the Greek, didactic literally means “teaching.” Didactic words have the primary aim of teaching or instructing, especially the teaching of moral or ethical principles.

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digression

a message that departs from the main subject

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discourse

a discussion on a specific topic

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exposition

explain and analyze information by presenting an idea

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argument

prove validity of an idea

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description

recreate, invent or visually present a person, place, event or action to help a reader understand something

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narration

tells about an event, story, experience, etc.