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of or involving dispute or controversy


using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in 'he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')


ordinary speech or writing without rhyme or meter; referring to speech or writing other than verse


a humorous play on words


the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary contention or argument


sounds, words, phrases, lines or stanzaz are repeated for emphasis


study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)


a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization


witty language used to convey insults, scorn, or cynicism


language or writing that exposes follies or abuses by holding them up to ridicule


the set of rules by which we derive meaning from words, and sentences in a given language; also, the study of meaning


an overendulgence in emotion which is characterized by a conscious effort to induce emotion in order to analyze or enjoy it by failure to restrain emotion through the exercise of judgment, and by an optimistic overemphasis of goodness of humanity


continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature


a distorted, exaggerated, overgeneralized, or oversimplified image applied to a category of people


the arrangement of words in a way that best expresses the author's individuality, idea, intent


A treatment of subject matter that uses the interior or personal view of a single observer and is typically colored with that observer's emotional responses.


the part of short story, novel, play or narative poem that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome of events


a three-part deductive argument in which a conclusion is based on a major premise and a minor premise ("All men are mortal; Socrates is a man; therefore, Socrates is mortal.")


substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa


sentence structure


a unifying or overarching idea that is a recurrent element in a literary work


a position taken in an argument supported by provided evidence


the quality of a person's voice


the act of passing from one state or place in any lierary or Theatrical work


a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)


The quickness of intellect and the power and talent for saying brilliant things that surprise and delight by their unexpectedness; the power to comment subtly and pointedly on the foibles of the passing scene.

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