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AP Literature Vocabulary

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abstract
an abbreviated synopsis of a longer work of scholarship or research. Dealing with or tending to deal with a subject part from a particular instance
ad hominem
directed to or appealoing to feelings or prejudices instead of to intellect or reason.
adage
a saying or proverb containing a truth based on experience and often couched in metaphorical language.
allegory
a story in which a second meaning is to be read beneath the surface.
alliteration
the repetition of one or more initial consonants in a group of words or lines in a poem.
allusion
a reference to a person, place, or event meant to create an effect or enhance the meaning of an idea.
ambiguity
a vagueness of meaning, a conscious lack of clarity meant to evoke multiple meanings or interpretations.
anachronism
a person, scene, event, or other element that fails to correspond with the appropriate time or era.
analogy
a comparison that points out similarities between two dissimilar things, a passage that points out several similarities between two unlike things.
anecdote
a brief narrative often used to illustrate an idea or make a point.
annotation
a brief explanation, summary, or evaluation of a text or work of literature.
antagonist
a character or force in a work of literature that, by opposing the protagonist, produces tension or conflict.
antecedent
a word to which a pronoun refers.
antithesis
a rhetorical opposition or contrast of ideas by means of a grammatical arrangement of words, clauses, or sentence.
aphorism
a short, pithy statement of a generally accepted truth or sentiment.
apollonian
Referes to the most novel, godlike qualities of human nature and behavior.
apostrophe
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arch
characterized by clever or sly humor, often saucy, playful, and somewhat irreverent
archetype
an abstract or ideal conception of a type, a perfectly typical example
assonance
the repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of worlds in prose or poetry.
bard
a poet, a performer who told the stories.
bathos
insincere or overdone sentimentality.