engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought.
[as a literary device] the omission of words or series of words or series of words
[as a literary device] two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect; emphasizes the idea of contrast by parallel structures of contrasting phrases or clauses
broad statement or idea applied to a group of people or ideas
conjectural consideration of a matter; the contemplation or consideration of some subject
attacking an opponent's character rather than answer his, her, or their argument; "against the man"
post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy
since event Y followed event X, event Y must have been caused by event X; "after this therefore because of this
reduction ad absurdum
attempts to disapprove a statement by showing it leads to a ridiculous, absurd, or impractical conclusion
All B is A; all C is B; therefore, all C is also A
an inference that does not follow from the premise
substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt
expressing sorrow or lamentation
departing from the main subject
pronouncements of absolutes
not mixed or adulterated; pure, positive, certain
of doubtful nature or character; allowing for the possibility of several different meanings; deliberately ambiguous
a terse saying embodying a general truth or astute observation
a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply
(typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter.
respectful with humility; yielding to the judgement, opinion, will of another
making a show of being morally superior to other people.
not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice based on facts; unbiased
deeply respectful, tinged with awe; veneration
someone free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief; submitting without complaint
acceptance of all events as inevitable; submission to fate
cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, confident
believing in the total rejection of established laws and institutions; embracing anarchy, terrorism, or destruction; belief in nothingness
a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification
a type of understatement where the affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary: "not bad at all" meaning VERY GOOD
parts of the sentence are grammatically the same—a word, a phrase an entire sentence repeated ("I have a dream")
ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human especially for a deity
saying one thing and meaning another
what happens is the last thing one expects
the audience knows what the character does not
appropriate or suitable in the circumstances.
a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas
a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something
the action of attempting to explain or justify behavior or an attitude with logical reasons, even if these are not appropriate.
a sermon, usually on a Biblical topic and usually of a nondoctorial nature
tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental
severely critical or sarcastic
deep sorrow, compunction, or contrition for a past sin; regret for any past action
not feeling regret about one's sin or sins; obdurate
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