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euphemism
an offensive word or phrase that diverts attention from a topic or line of inquiry
red herring
anything that diverts attention from a topic or line of inquiry
antithesis
exact opposite
hyperbole
exaggeration
sarcasm
mocking remark
homily
lecture or a speech
pedantic
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms
analogy
agreement, similarity
colloquial
informal types of speech
juxtaposition
to place close together or side by side
oxymoron
deliberate combination of seemingly contradictory words
loose sentence
a complex sentence in which the main clause is followed by subordinate clause(s) or modifier(s)
alliteration
the repetition of the same initial letter, sound, or group of sounds in a series of words
personification
giving an inanimate object human like characteristics
invective
verbal abuse