AP Vocab part 3

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AP lit terms and definitions

ambiguity

multiple meanings, intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence or passage

antithesis

figure of speech in which opposing ideas are balanced against each other in parallel syntax

cliche

commonplace expression that is no longer effective because it is used too often

connotation

implied or suggested meaning of a word or expression

denotation

literal or dictionary meaning of a word

foreshadowing

planting of important clues in a play or story to prepare the reader for the events that are to come

dramatic irony

fact or events are unknown to a character but known to the reader, audience or other characters

concrete

nouns that name physical objects; include details that relate to the topic

euphemism

more agreeable or less offensive substitute for an unpleasant word or concept

metaphor

comparison between unlike objects without using "like" or "as"

extended metaphor

comparison between unlike objects without using "like" or "as" that is developed to great lenghts

simile

comparison between unlike objects using "like" or "as"

hyperbole

figure of speech that incorporates obvious exaggeration

symbol

person or thing that has meaning but suggests further meaning

personification

figure of speech which gives human qualities to an inanimate thing

mood

state of mind or feeling created in the reader by the literary work

paradox

statement which appears contradictory and may be true

parody

work that mimics an author's style or thought usually by humor or trivial theme

prose

genre that refers to fiction or nonfiction, written in ordinary language, resembles everyday speech

realism

writing that presents things as they actually exist in real life without romantic or idealistic coloring

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