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English I Final

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Kenning
A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities, as in "ring-giver" for king and "whale-road" for ocean.
Epithet
any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality
Caesura
a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
Alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
Scop
composers and storytellers of Anglo-Saxon poetry
Allusion
passing reference or indirect mention
Oxymoron
conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')
Hyperbole
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
Paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
assonance
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
tone
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
mood
a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
satire
witty language used to convey insults or scorn
pernicious
exceedingly harmful
anon
(old-fashioned or informal) in a little while
tedious
so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
inauspicious
unfavorable
doff
remove
requite
to make repayment or to return
feign
make believe with the intent to deceive
pugnacious
quarrelsome, fond of fighting
inundate
to flood, overflow; to overwhelm by numbers or size
lucid
capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
deteriorating
getting worse;rotting
scullery
a small room (in large old British houses) next to the kitchen
mincing
affectedly dainty or refined
tyranny
a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
dissentients
ones who disagree
enmity
a state of deep-seated ill-will
pre-eminent
greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
expounded
explained in detail
spinney
a small wood or thicket.
unalterable
remaining the same for indefinitely long times
grudging
reluctant to give or share
parasitical
relating to or caused by parasites
obstinate
persist stubbornly
cryptic
having a secret or hidden meaning
tractable
readily reacting to suggestions and influences
irrepressible
impossible to repress or control
ignominious
shameful
posthumously
Occuring or continuing after a person's death
pretext
an artful or simulated semblance
publican
the keeper of a public house
manifestly
obviously
factions
Political groups that agree on objectives and policies; the origins of political parties.
eloquence
expressiveness; persuasive speech
sordid
foul and run-down and repulsive
articulate
expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
disinterred
dug up; exposed something hidden
laborious
not easy, requiring hard work; hardworking
arable
(of farmland) capable of being farmed productively
repose
a disposition free from stress or emotion
perpendicularity
the quality of being at right angles to a given line or plane (especially the plane of the horizon)
flagstaff
a tall staff or pole on which a flag is raised
malignity
quality of being disposed to evil
chaff
material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
mangel
shortage
infanticide
murdering an infant
capitulated
surrender on terms or conditions
coccidiosis
A parasite disease in animals
stupefied
in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock
categorically
placed in a specific division of a system of classification
countenance
consent to, give permission
superannuated
discharged as too old for use or work
complicity
guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense
knacker
someone who buys up old horses for slaughter