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Having two or more possible meanings or interpretations, with the correct choice difficult to determine.
A comparison of one thing to another, based on their similarities in certain respects. Appeals mainly to a person's logic or intelligence, not the emotions or censes.
Ex: comparing the heart to a pump
The contrast of two ideas, often done by placing the two opposing parts side by side, or against one another; such as "Give me liberty or give me death."
To address or speak directly to a personified thing or idea; also to directly address someone or something not present.
Ex: Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day!
An expression that seems dull, trite, and unimaginative because of long overuse, such as "brave as a lion." Some are accepted as colorful, colloquial sayings.
An expression of proper for everyday conversation but not for standard or formal writing or speech.
Expressing ideas indirectly, such as by a comparison, metaphor, or other figure of speech.
Figure of speech
Any expressive use of language, such as metaphor, simile, antithesis, irony, and so on, that consists of words used in other than their literal sense.
Obvious exaggeration that is intended for effect; an extravagant statement not meant to be taken literally; another type of figure of speech.
Ex: "I've been waiting here for an eternity."
The use of language that directs its appeal to the five senses, asking readers to "see" or mentally picture the scene, person, or object written about. Might also appeal to senses of hearing, touch, smell, or taste.
To put or "weave" in an underlying meaning that is intended to be understood but is not openly expressed.
A figure of speech that always contains the element of being the opposite of what someone would normally expect. These are three types: verbal, dramatic, and situation irony.
Meant to be taken as given; to be accepted at face value or primary meaning, not in a figurative sense.
A figure of speech that compares one object to another that is not obviously similar in an attempt to show the reader qualities that the secondary one shares with the subject of the comparison.
The name of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it
Ex: buzz, hiss
The repetition of initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables.
(adj.) moderate, sparing (as in eating and drinking); characterized by abstinence and self-discipline
(adj.) likely but not certain to happen, possible; dependent on uncertain events or conditions
(n.) a representative group forming part of a larger body
(v.) to impose by fraud; to pass off as worthy or genuine; to bring in by stealth, dishonesty, or coercion
(n.) an opinion different from accepted belief; the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred
(adj.) prominent, standing out, conspicuous
(n.) a projection or bulge (often used in a military sense)
(adj.) tending to produce a strong feeling or response; arousing desire or appetite; irritating, annoying
(adj.) showing great diversity or variety; composed of different elements (especially in a discordant sense); of many colors
(n.) a depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person, scoundrel; (adj.) wicked, corrupt, or unprincipled
(v) to scatter, dispel; to spend foolishly, squander; to be extravagent in pursuit of pleasure
(n.) an armored or protective glove; a challenge; two lines of men armed with weapons with which to beat a person forced to run between them; an ordeal
(adj.) based on an assumption or guess; used as a provisional or tentative idea to guide or direct investigation
(n.) an object of intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation (often used adjectivally without the article)
(adj.) conspicuous, standing out from the mass (used particularly in an unfavorable sense)
(v.) to speak or act in a way that allows of more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous
(n.) one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience (also used adjectivally)
(adj.) done for show, striving to make a big impression; claiming merit or position unjustifiably
(adj.) grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated
(n.) the act of restoring something to the rightful owner, making good for loss or damage
(n.) a fixed sum of money paid periodically for services or to defray expenses; a salary or allowance
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