Vocabulary 1 (AP Lang/Comp)

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AP Language @ Composition Key Vocabulary Terms

rhetoric

study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)

diction

the manner in which something is expressed in words; the articulation of speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audience

syntax

the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences, studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences, a systematic orderly arrangement

prose

ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

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

simile

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

concession

a point conceded or yielded, the act of conceding or yielding, a contract granting the right to operate a subsidiary business

tone

the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

logos

logic, reason

pathos

a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow), a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

ethos

the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution

narration

(rhetoric) the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth, the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events, a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events

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