AP Lit Vocab Word definitions
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Repeated consonant sounds at the beginning of words placed near each other.
A somewhat looser definition is that it is the use of the same consonant in any
part of adjacent words
: Repeated vowel sounds in words placed near each other,
These should be in sounds that are accented, or stressed,
Repeated consonant sounds at the ending of words placed near each other
Action sounding words.
The purposeful re-use of words and phrases for an effect.
have different beginning sounds but whose endings sound alike.
A brief reference to some person, historical event, work of art, or Biblical or mythological
situation or character.
Speaking directly to a real or imagined listener or inanimate object
The emotional, psychological or social overtones of a word.
Its implications and associations
apart from its literal meaning
The dictionary definition of a word; its literal meaning
An understatement, used to lessen the effect of a statement; substituting something innocuous
for something that might be offensive or hurtful.
An outrageous exaggeration used for effect
A contradictory statement or situation to reveal a reality different from what appears to be true.
A direct comparison between two unlike things, stating that one is the other or does the action
of the other.
A figure of speech in which a person, place, or thing is referred to by something closely
associated with it
A combination of two words that appear to contradict each other
A statement in which a seeming contradiction may reveal an unexpected truth
Attributing human characteristics to an inanimate object, animal, or abstract idea.
A direct comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as."
Indicating a person, object, etc. by letting only a certain part represent the whole
The use of vivid language to generate ideas and/or evoke mental images, not only of the visual
sense, but of sensation and emotion as well
The means by which a poet reveals attitudes and feelings, in the style of language or expression
of thought used to develop the subject.
Literary Device Vocabulary
word based rhetorical devices
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