the specialized vocabulary of a particular group
placing of two items side by side to create a certain effect, reveal an attitude, or accomplish some other purpose
form of understatement in which the negative of the contrary is used to achieve emphasis and intensity. For example, "She is not a bad cook."
the use of reason as a controlling principle in an argument. Writers use it to attempt to persuade readers by appealing to their sense of reason.
the implicit comparison or identification of one thing with another unlike itself without the use of a verbal signal such as like or as. One thing is pictured as if it were something else, suggesting a likeness or analogy between them.
A figure of speech that uses the name of one thing to name or designate something, as in, "The White House announced today..."
the feeling or ambiance resulting from the tone of a piece as well as the writer/narrator's attitude and point of view. The effect is created through descriptions of feelings or objects that establish a particular feeling such as gloom, fear, or hope.
a word capturing or approximating the sound of what it describes, such as buzz or hiss
a figure of speech that combines two apparently contradictory elements, as in "jumbo shrimp" or "deafening silence"
a statement that seems contradictory, but is actually true
recurrent syntactical similarity where several parts of a sentence or several sentences are expressed alike to show that the ideas in the parts or sentences equal in importance. For example, "I have always searched for, but never found the perfect painting for that wall."
an insertion of material that interrupts the typical flow of a sentence
a satirical imitation of a work of art for purpose of ridiculing its style or import
a sentence where the noun does not perform the action of the verb. ex. "The paper was written by her" vs. "She wrote the paper"
a sympathetic feeling of pity or compassion evoked by an artistic work. Writers use it to attempt to persuade readers by appealing to their emotions.