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AP Terms List #1

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ad hominem argument
an argument that appeals to emotion rather than reason
allegory
using the story as a symbol, usually for a moral truth or a generalization about human existence
allusion
direct or indirect reference: historical, mythological, religious, or literary
ambiguity
multiple meanings which could cause confusion or be unclear
analogy
a comparison or relationship between two different things
antecedent
word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun
aphorism
terse statement expressing a general truth or moral principle
atmosphere
emotional mood created by the entirety of the work
colloquial/colloquialism
use of slang or informalities
connotation
non literal, implied and suggested meaning; not direct
denotation
literal dictionary meaning
diction
author's word choice
didactic
instructive; teaching
euphemism
more agreeable/less offensive wording
figurative language
writing that is meant to be imaginative and vivid
generic conventions
traditions for each genre
hyperbole
deliberate exaggeration for effect
inference/infer
to draw reasonable conclusions from presented information.
invective
emotionally violent, verbal attack using strong, abusive language
irony
contrast between what appears to be and what is
verbal irony
words that literally state the opposite of the true meaning
situational irony
events turn out the opposite of what is expected
dramatic irony
when the audience knows more than the characters
parallelism
grammatical formatting of words, phrases, sentences, or paragraphs to give structural similarity
pedantic
scholarly or bookish