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Abel, words 51-100

Compound Sentence

contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or by a semicolon- for example, "The singer bowed to the audience, but she sang no encores."


a reluctant acknowledgement or or yielding

Confirmatio (L)

confirmation- the part of an argument in which the speaker or writer would offer proof or demonstration of a central idea.


the part of speech that serves to connect to words, phrases, clauses, or sentences. FANBOYS: For, And, But, Or, Yet, So.

Concrete Words

Describe things that exist and can be experienced through the senses


that which is implied by a word, as opposed to the word's literal meaning (denotation)


Repitition of of identical consonant sounds within two or more words in close proximity.


the convergence of time, place, audience, and motivating factors in which a piece of writing or a speech is situated; or words, events, or circumstances that help determine meaning.


grammatical equivalence between parts of a sentence often through a coordinating conjunction such as "and" or "but"


a challenge to a position; an opposing argument

Cumulative Sentence

(loose sentence)- an independent clause followed by subordinate clauses, or phrases that supply additional detail-for example. "i look forward to a great future in America, a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose."- John F. Kennedy


facts. statistics, and examples that speaker/writer offers in support of a claim, generalization and conclusion.

Declarative Sentence

a sentence that makes a statement-for example, "A banker is a person who will loan you his umbrella when the sun is shining but wants it back the minute it begins to rain." -Mark Twain

Deductive Reasoning

reasoning that begins with a general principle and concludes with a specific instance that demonstrates the general principle (general to specific)


the literal or dictionary definition of a word, in contrast to its connotation or implied meaning.

Dependent Clause

(subordinate Clause) because of a subordinating word that comes at the beginning of the clause, it is not a sentence and cannot stand alone-for example, "Your paper, which must be ten pages in length is due on Friday."


involves the use of vivid words to express what the five senses are experiencing


the describable patterns of language-grammar and vocabulary-used by a particular cultural or ethnic population


conversation between and among characters


word choice frequently divided into four levels: formal (Academic Writing), informal (common in conversation), colloquial, and slang.


writing whose purpose is to instruct or teach; it is usually formal and focuses on moral or ethical concerns.


a discussion on a specific topic

Either or Fallacy

arguing that a complex situation can simply be explained one of two ways; in Latin- Reductio ad Absurdum which literally means to "reduce to the absurd"


mournful over what has passed or been lost; often used to describe tone


indicated by a series of three periods, it indicates that some material had been omitted from a given text. It could be a word, a phrase, a partial sentence, or a whole section


a brief, witty statement


the use of a quotation at the beginning of a work that hints at its theme


the repetition of a a group of words at the end of successive clauses-for example, "They say no evil, they spoke no evil, and they heard no evil"


a word or phrase adding a characteristic to a person's name-for example, "Richard the Lion-hearted"


appeal of a text to the credibility and character of the speaker, writer, or narrator.


a more acceptable and usually more pleasant way of saying something that might be inappropriate or uncomfortable-for example, "He went to his final reward" is a common euphemism for "he died". They are often used to obscure the reality of the situation.

Exclamatory sentence

provides emphasis or expressing strong emotion; generally begins with how or what-for example, "what a beautiful day!"

Exordium (L)

The introduction of a spoken/written argument, meant to draw the audience in.


background information presented in a literary work.

Extended Metaphor

a comparison developed at great length, occurring frequently throughout the work.


an error in logic


a shift in the narrative that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story.

Figurative Language

writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to e imaginative and vivid.

Figure of Speech

an expression that strives for literary effect rather than conveying literal meaning. Include: apostrophe, hyperbole, irony metaphor, metonymy, oxymoron, paradox, personification, simile, synecdoche, and understatement.


a word, phrase, or clause that does not form a complete sentence


a point that the speaker/ writer generates on the basis of considering a number of particular examples


a piece of writing classified by type-for example a letter, narrative, eulogy, or editorial

Glittering Generality

a propaganda device which employs the use of a phrase that inspires strong feelings in the receiver.

Hasty Generalization

making a unsound inductive inference based on insufficient, inadequate, and unspecified evidence.


a term literally meaning "sermon", but more informally, it can include any serious talk, speech, or lecture involving moral or spiritual advice.


urging or strongly recommending


exaggeration for the purpose of emphasis; it may also be ironic; the opposite of understatement.


a passage of text that evokes sensation or emotional intensity.


The sensory details or figurative language used to describe, arouse emotion, or represent abstractions. On a physical level, __ uses terms related to the five senses; we refer to visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory, or olfactory. For example, a rose may present visual __ while also representing the color in a woman's cheeks.

Imperative Sentence

a sentence that gives a command-for example, "Bring me your paper immediately"

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