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Vocabulary and Literary Terms for Unit 3 - Satire (Honors English 10)

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analogy
example: many teenagers are like lemmings -- they'd follow everyone else off a cliff just to be cool and fit in
generalization
example: high school students are nothing but a bunch of cheaters, liars, and thieves
understatement
example: if you don't like reading or writing, Mr. Spruill's class might pose a problem for you
hyperbole
example: I'm so busy writing papers for Mr. Spruill that I never get to do anything fun anymore-- my skin has turned a whole shade lighter from staying inside so much.
incongruity
example: We should lock all the members of Congress in a windowless, concrete room without food or drink and not let them out until they've come to some agreements.
inversion
example: Adults are so phony-- we should create a society where the youth are in charge.
parody
example: In one episode of "The Dave Chappelle Show," they imitated how sports teams draft players, but they called it "The Race Draft," and they made fun of how each race wants to claim certain people as its own, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity.
verbal irony
example: Getting arrested isn't so bad -- it's a great way to meet new friends.
dramatic irony
example: I saw this movie recently in which this kid thought that everyone at school thought he was cool because they kept saying things like "nice pocket protector" and "cool glasses" and "I wish I could be smart like you," but it was obvious that they were being sarcastic.
situational irony
example: A man spends all his money on non-refundable tickets to fly to California and surprise his girlfriend, only to have her break up with him.
banish
to force someone to leave, to exile them
dominions
kingdoms, places under the authority of a particular ruler or government
obstinate
very stubborn
quell
to suppress, subdue, lay to rest, put an end to
foment
to stir up a war or rebellion, to instigate or promote a conflict
pomposity
displaying a great sense of self-importance, being full of oneself
trivial
unimportant, inconsequential
petty
being narrow-minded, treating unimportant, trivial things as if they were important
captor
someone who captures, traps, or imprisons another
lash
to whip someone or something; to strike suddenly and forcefully
degenerate
(adj) despicable, morally corrupt; (verb) to grow worse and worse
infamy
fame gained from evil deeds; notoriety (being notorious)
valor
bravery
virtue
moral goodness