rhetorical terms quiz 1

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alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect

anaphora

repetition of a word or phrase as the beginning of successive clauses

anecdote

short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)

antecedent

a preceding occurrence or cause or event

aphorism

A brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life.

auditory

of or relating to the process of hearing

aurora

an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force

auroral

of or relating to the atmospheric phenomenon auroras

buffet

strike, beat repeatedly

chiasmus

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

conceit

feelings of excessive pride

concrete details

Details that relate to or describe actual, specific things or events

cosmical

nfinitely or inconceivably extended; vast

didactic

instructive (especially excessively)

dilapidated

in poor condition from neglect or age

engendered

to be caused or produced

epithet

any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality

euphemism

an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

evitable

capable of being avoided or warded off

excursion

a journey taken for pleasure

fallow

undeveloped but potentially useful

gustatory

relating to the sense of taste

husbandry

the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock

hyperbole

extravagant exaggeration

imagery

the ability to form mental images of things or events

impounded

seized and held

incarcerated

to imprison; confine

irrevocable analogies

connections that are impossible to repeal

king tching-thang

a Chinese king that was a thinker and philosopher, also known as "Confucius"

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metaphor

a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity

mortgaging

giving up

myraid

in very great numbers

olfactory

relating to the sense of smell

oxymoron

a figure of speech consisting of two apparently contradictory terms

parable

a simple story that illustrates a moral or religious lesson

paradox

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

personification

the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.

pun

a humorous play on words

requiem

a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

savor

derive or receive pleasure from

servitor

someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else

simile

a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')

somnolence

a very sleepy state

sublime

inspiring awe

superfluous

more than is needed, desired, or required

syllepsis

a construction in which one word is used in two different senses ("She lost her wallet and her temper.")

syllogism

deductive reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises

synecdoche

using a part of something to represent the whole thing

tactile

of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch

tautology

needless repetition of an idea by using different but equivalent words; a redundancy

the vedas

The Hindu sacred writings

transpire

to take place; to happen

undulations

wavelike pattern of rise and falls

wretchedness

a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune

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