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"The Fall of the House of Usher" vocabulary and literary devices

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allusion
a reference to a real or fictitious person, event, place, work of art, or another work of literature within writing
hyperbole
a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect
idiom
a phrase that cannot be taken literally
imagery
evocative images to represent objects, actions, or ideas
metaphor
a comparison without using "like" or "as"
personification
a figure of speech in which things are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form
sarcasm
the use of cutting humor in which the speaker often says the exact opposite of what he or she means
simile
a comparison using "like" or "as"
symbolism
the practice of using a person, place or object that has a concrete meaning in itself and also stands for something beyond itself
tarn
a small mountain lake
insoluble
having no solution; unsolvable
annihilate
to destroy completely; wipe out
alleviation
a decrease in severity; a relief
deficiency
a lack
affinity
a kinship or likeness
vivacious
full of energy; lively
insipid
lacking flavor; bland
dint
force; power
cataleptical
involving paralysis and unconsciousness; trancelike
emaciated
excessively thin; wasted away
futility
uselessness
pertinacity
stubbornness
interment
burial
donjonkeep
dungeon
fitfully
in an irregular way; unsteady
miasma
poisonous vapors
terrestrial
on the ground; earthly
obstinate
stubborn
pesty
poisonous
narrative
a story
narrative
story
aghast
overcome with fear; terrified