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15 terms

Donovan AP Lang vocab, week 1

The first week's set of fifteen vocab words for Mrs. Donovan's AP Lang class. As far as I know, these are exactly the definitions she gave in class, with leading indefinite articles elided.
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polemic
n: controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion
picaresque
n: narrative that is loosely structured as a sequence of episodes united by the presence of a central character who is on a long journey
circumlocution
n: talking around a subject or talking around a word
dialect
n: the recreation of spoken language from a specific region
elegy
n: elaborately formal lyric poem lamenting the death of someone or reflecting on a solemn subject
malapropism
n: as a result of confusion, misuse of a word in place of another word that sounds similar
sarcasm
n: cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound
subtext
n: meaning that lies underneath the surface
dichotomy
n: division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions
euphemism
n: more acceptable way of expressing something that might be inappropriate or cause discomfort
juxtaposition
n: placement side by side to create a particular effect
archetype
n: the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are based
prose
n: the form of a written language that is not verse
point of view
n: perspective from which the story is told
colloquialism
n: informal expression appropriate to everyday speech rather than formal writing