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AP Vocabulary 4

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Persona
narrator in a non-first person novel
Allegory
story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fable
Diction
a writer's or speaker's choice of words
Black humor
The use of disturbing themes in comedy.
Metonym
a word that is used to stand for something else that it has attributes of or is associated with
Euphemism
an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive
Hubris
excessive pride or arrogance that results in the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy
Paradox
(logic) a self-contradiction
Zeugma/Syllepsis
The use of a word to modify or govern two or more words in such a manner that it applies to each in a different sense or appropriate to only one. "He held his breath and the door for me." Zuegma is two like things while Syllepsis is two unlike things.
Vacillate
To swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
Adulation
excessive praise or admiration
Usurp
(v.) to seize and hold a position by force or without right
Taciturn
habitually reserved and uncommunicative
Rancor
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
Erudite
(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
Lament
to mourn or to express sorrow in a demonstrative manner
Pragmatic
concerned with practical matters
Deprecate
to express disapproval of
Catharsis
purification that brings emotional relief or renewal
Candor
sincerity; openness