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KDHS AP English vocab list 12

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theme
the central idea, concern or purpose of a literary work
tone
the writer's attitude toward the readers and toward the subject. A writer's tone may be formal or informal, friendly or distant, personal or pompous
Toulmin model
a conceptual system of arguement devised by philosopher Stephen Toulmin; the terms claim, support, warrant, qualifier, and reservation are adapted from this system
tragedy
a type of drama or literature that shows the downfall or destruction of a noble or outstanding person, taditionally one who possesses a character weakness called a tragic flaw
transcendentalism
a philosophical movement strongly associated with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, holding that the individual, by relying on himself and nature, can overcome life's obstacles
travesty
reduction of a serious, important, or distinguished subject, person, or idea, to a joke or absurdity
trimeter
verse written in three-foot syllables
trochee
a foot with one stressed syllable followed by one unstressed syllable as in the word "heather"
two wrongs make a right
diverting attention from the issue by introducing a new point, e.g., by respinding to an accusation with a counter-accusation that makes no attempt to refute the first accusation
understatment
deliberately representing something as much less than it really is. Jonathan Swift wrote, "Last week I saw a woman flayed, and you will hardly believe how much it altered her appearance."
values
conceptions or ideas that act as standards for judging what is right or wrong, worthwhile or worthless, beautiful or ugly, good or bad
vernacular
the language or dialect common to a specific area, time, or people
verse
both the generic term for any poetry, and a unit of poetry like a stanza, line, etc
vignette
a brief scene, sketch, passage, etc. usually of a "delicate" or "sweet" nature
voice
in writing, a metaphor drawn from the spoken, encompassing the writer's tone, style, and manner
warrant
a general principle or assumption that establishes a connection between the support and claim
zeugma
the use of one word to modify two or more words, but used for different meanings. For example: He closed the door and his heart on his lost love.