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AP English III Terms First 15

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Ad Hominem Argument
Attacks the opposing speaker or another person rather than addressing the issues at hand
Allegory
Fictional work in which the characters represent ideas or concepts
Alliteration
The repetition of consonant sounds, usually at the beginning of words
Allusion
A reference, usually oblique or faint, to another thing, idea, or person
Ambiguity
Uncertain or indefinite; subject to more than one interpretation
Analogy
The correspondence or resemblance between two things that are essentially different
Anecdote
A short story used to illustrate a point the author is making
Antecedent
Every pronoun refers back to a previous noun or pronoun
Antithesis
An opposition or contrast of ideas that is often expressed in balanced phrases or clauses
Apostrophe
A figure of speech in which an absent person or personified object is addressed by a speaker
Appositive
A word or phrase that follow a noun or pronoun for emphasis or clarity
Assonance
A type of internal rhyming in which vowel souds are repeated
Asyndeton
When the conjunctions (such as "and" or "but") that would normally connect a string of words, phrases, or clauses are omitted from a sentence
Atmosphere
The emotional feeling -or mood- of a place, scene, or event
Attitude
The feelings of a particular speaker or piece of writing toward a subject, person, or idea