mccarthy vocabulary

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Abstract

refers to language that decribes concepts rather than concrete images

Ad Hominem

is an attack on the person rather than on the opponent's ideas

Allegory

in which the writer intends a second meaning to be read beneath the surface of the story ex:wizard of oz

Alliteration

repetition of constant sounds ex:donald duck

allusion

a reference to a wel known person, place or thing ex:eden

Analogy

comparsion of two similar but diferent things ex: a heart to a pump

Anaphora

Repetition of a word, phrase, or clause ex: there was........ There was...... There was........

Anecdote

a short, simple narrative of an incident

annoation

explanatory notes

antithesis

the presentation of two contrasting images

aphorism

a short, often witty statement of a principle about life ex: early bird gets the worm

Apostrophe

calling out to an imaginary, dead, or absent person, place or thing.

arguementation

writing that attempts to prove the validity of a point of view or an idea

Assonance

repetition of vowel sounds between different consonants

Asyndeton

commas used to separate a series of words ex: X,Y,Z

Cacophony

harsh, awkward, dissonant sounds

caricature

descriptive writing that greatly exaggerates a specific feature of a persons apperance

colloquialism

a word or phrase (slang) used in everyday converstation ex:yall,ain't

coherence

writing in which all the parts contribute

concrete Language

language that dcribes specific, ideas or qualities ex: tall, Dark Handsome, Blue eyes

Connotation

an idea that is implied or suggested

Consonance

repetition of consonant sounds

Conundrum

riddle; difficult problem

deduction

reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)

denotation

The dictionary definition of a word

description

the picturing in words of something or someone through detailed observation

diction

word choice

didactic

to teach

discourse

spoken or written language,including literary works ex:description,expositon,narration, and persuasion

dissonace

ugly or harsh unpleasing sounds

dramatic irony

when a reader is aware of something that a character isn't

emotional appeal

appeals to the emotion

epigraph

the use of quotation

ethical appeal

persuade the audience

euphemism

a more pleasent way of saying something (ex.he died/he passed away)

euphony

beautiful sound

example

a representative form or pattern

explication

The act of interpreting or discovering the meaning of a text.

expostion

technique that introduces the reader to the situation and the setting

extended metaphor

substained comparsion

false analogy

when two cases are not sufficiently parrallel

figurative language

language that contains figures of speech

figures of speech

expressions that make imaginative comparisions or associations

forshadowing

the use of a hint or clue to suggest a larger event accuring later

freight train

sentence consisting of three or more very short independent clauses joined by conjunctions

generalization

when a writer bases a claim upon an isolated example

genre

a type of literary work

hubris

the excessive pride of amnition

humor

anything that causes laughter or amusement

hyperbole

deliberate exgeration in order to create humor or emphasis

image

a word or words used to describe a sensory experience

imagery

words or phrases that use a collection of images

induction

the process that moves from a given series of specifics to a generalization

inference

a conclusion one can draw from the presented details

interior monologue

writing that records the conversation that occurs inside the character's head

invective

a verbally abusive attack

inversion

reversing the customary

irony

a situation or statement in which the actual outcome or meaning is opposite to what was expected

jargon

the special language of a profession or group

logic

the process of reasoning

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