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Vocabulary 1 (AP Lang/Comp)

AP Language @ Composition Key Vocabulary Terms
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rhetoric
study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)
diction
the manner in which something is expressed in words; the articulation of speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audience
syntax
the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences, studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences, a systematic orderly arrangement
prose
ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
metaphor
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
concession
a point conceded or yielded, the act of conceding or yielding, a contract granting the right to operate a subsidiary business
tone
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
logos
logic, reason
pathos
a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow), a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
ethos
the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution
narration
(rhetoric) the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth, the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events, a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events