Donovan AP Lang vocab, week 1

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15 terms · The first week's set of fifteen vocab words for Mrs. Donovan's AP Lang class. As far as I know, these are exactly the definitions she gave in class, with leading indefinite articles elided.

polemic

n: controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion

picaresque

n: narrative that is loosely structured as a sequence of episodes united by the presence of a central character who is on a long journey

circumlocution

n: talking around a subject or talking around a word

dialect

n: the recreation of spoken language from a specific region

elegy

n: elaborately formal lyric poem lamenting the death of someone or reflecting on a solemn subject

malapropism

n: as a result of confusion, misuse of a word in place of another word that sounds similar

sarcasm

n: cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound

subtext

n: meaning that lies underneath the surface

dichotomy

n: division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions

euphemism

n: more acceptable way of expressing something that might be inappropriate or cause discomfort

juxtaposition

n: placement side by side to create a particular effect

archetype

n: the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are based

prose

n: the form of a written language that is not verse

point of view

n: perspective from which the story is told

colloquialism

n: informal expression appropriate to everyday speech rather than formal writing

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