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rhetorical terms quiz 1

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alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
allusion
passing reference or indirect mention
analogy
drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
anaphora
repetition of a word or phrase as the beginning of successive clauses
anecdote
short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
antecedent
a preceding occurrence or cause or event
aphorism
A brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life.
auditory
of or relating to the process of hearing
aurora
an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force
auroral
of or relating to the atmospheric phenomenon auroras
buffet
strike, beat repeatedly
chiasmus
a statement consisting of two parallel parts in which the second part is structurally reversed
conceit
feelings of excessive pride
concrete details
Details that relate to or describe actual, specific things or events
cosmical
nfinitely or inconceivably extended; vast
didactic
instructive (especially excessively)
dilapidated
in poor condition from neglect or age
engendered
to be caused or produced
epithet
any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality
euphemism
an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive
evitable
capable of being avoided or warded off
excursion
a journey taken for pleasure
fallow
undeveloped but potentially useful
gustatory
relating to the sense of taste
husbandry
the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
hyperbole
extravagant exaggeration
imagery
the ability to form mental images of things or events
impounded
seized and held
incarcerated
to imprison; confine
irrevocable analogies
connections that are impossible to repeal
king tching-thang
a Chinese king that was a thinker and philosopher, also known as "Confucius"
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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
mortgaging
giving up
myraid
in very great numbers
olfactory
relating to the sense of smell
oxymoron
a figure of speech consisting of two apparently contradictory terms
parable
a simple story that illustrates a moral or religious lesson
paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
personification
the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
pun
a humorous play on words
requiem
a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
savor
derive or receive pleasure from
servitor
someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else
simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
somnolence
a very sleepy state
sublime
inspiring awe
superfluous
more than is needed, desired, or required
syllepsis
a construction in which one word is used in two different senses ("She lost her wallet and her temper.")
syllogism
deductive reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises
synecdoche
using a part of something to represent the whole thing
tactile
of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch
tautology
needless repetition of an idea by using different but equivalent words; a redundancy
the vedas
The Hindu sacred writings
transpire
to take place; to happen
undulations
wavelike pattern of rise and falls
wretchedness
a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune