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AP Lang Vocab Terms #4
Terms in this set (21)
known about or understood by very little people
Example: Freemasons use many esoteric symbols such as the two-headed eagle which signifies the dual nature of man.
involving the use of a symbol or symbolism
easy to understand, solve, or do
Example: The machine is fairly simple to operate.
departing from a literal use of words
Example: Gold, in the figurative language of the people, was the "tears wept from the sun."
using words that are intended to impress people but do not sound sincere or don't express things clearly
Example: The politician spoke a bombastic speech
sudden and surprising or easy to notice
Example: The dramatic increase in sales startles the businessman.
relating to the writing of letters
Example: Her epistolary collection of the secret romance contains all the letters the couple exchanged
including information that is not relevant to the main subject
Example: Confused by the question, the politician gave only a discursive response to the reporter.
a comparison of two otherwise unlike things based on resemblance of a particular aspect
Example: You are as annoying as nails on a chalkboard.
described or thought of having a human form or human attributes
Example: Simba from the Lion King
a thought with moralistic values that intends to motivate individuals
Example: It's better to be safe than sorry.
a literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions
Example: Mood in the Crucible is fear and suspicion
the part of an argument where a speaker or a writer encounters contradicting points of view
Example: A defense attorney would refute the prosecutor's statement that his client is guilty by providing evidence.
to criticize someone very strongly, especially in a way that is not fair and that damages their reputation
Example: Unfortunately, the internet and social media have made it very easy for people to vilify their enemies.
characterized or given to the expression of opinions very strongly or positively as if they were facts
Example: The preacher was a dogmatic individual who was quick to argue with anyone who challenged his opinion.
lacking energy or enthusiasm
Example: The torpid student did nothing but sleep in class each day.
always existing, or never seeming to change
Example: Every election seems to continue to deal with the same perennial issues that have been the focus of all the previous elections.
feeling or expressing a lot of respect and admiration
Example: In awe of the priest, the worshipers showed reverent devotion as they entered into prayer.
a statement that orders someone to do something and threatens to punish or attack them if they do not
Example: If I do not give my daughter an ultimatum of a negative consequence, she will not complete her chores.
military weapons and equipment
Example: The vessel's armament consisted of 20 rifled cannons and two battering rams.
the process of making people join the military
Example:Because of John's moral beliefs, he refuses to take part in the conscription that would require him to bear arms.
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