AP Literature Vocabulary List #1

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The basics, pretty much stuff you should already know...

clause

(grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence

climax

the decisive moment in a novel or play

compare and contrast

finding similarities and differences between 2 things

conceit

feelings of excessive pride

concrete Detail

a highly specific, particular, often real, actual or tangible detail; opposite of abstract

connotation

an idea that is implied or suggested

consonance

the property of sounding harmonious

critique

a serious examination and judgment of something

cynic

someone who is critical of the motives of others

deductive reasoning

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

denotation

the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

de'nouement

the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

descriptive detail

graphic, exact, and accurate presentation of the characteristics of a person, place or thing

deus ex machina

any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve and insoluble difficulty

diction

the manner in which something is expressed in words

didactic

instructive (especially excessively)

digression

a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

Dionysian

of or relating to or worshipping Dionysus

dramatic irony

(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play

elegy

a mournful poem

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