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a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
a figure of speech in which one directly addresses an absent or imaginary person, or some abstraction
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
an indirect or subtle reference, especially one made maliciously or indicating criticism or disapproval; insinuation
An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.
Excessive pride or arrogance which causes the hero's transgression against the gods; usually the tragic flaw
a character, usually of high birth, neither totally good nor totally evil, whose downfall is brought about by some weakness in error or judgement
a hymn performed by men wearing masks, usually in honor of Dionysus (the god of wine and fertility)
deus ex machina
In literature, the use of an artificial device or gimmick to solve a problem. ("God the machine")
the first theaters, built on hillsides with a few wooden benches for the important spectators
rectangular building made of wood that provided changing rooms for the actors and prop storage
a three-part deductive argument in which a conclusion is based on a major premise and a minor premise ("All men are mortal; Socrates is a man; therefore, Socrates is mortal.")
an attack on an opposing view in order to weaken it, invalidate it, or make it less credible
A word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.
a play on words, often achieved through the use of words with similar sounds but different meanings
excessive indulgence of appetite or passion, esp. in regard to alcohol; lack of constraint
love of humanity, especially as shown in donations to charitable and socially useful causes
pertaining to a musical organization, such as a symphony orchestra (originally "loving music")
lover of, or searcher for, wisdom or knowledge, person who regulates his or her life by the light of reason
illegal practice of painlessly putting to death a person suffering from an incurable, painfully distressing disease - literally "advantageous death"
dissection of plants or animals for the purpose of studying their structure, structure of a plant or animal
temporary extension of the protoplasm, as in the ameba, to enable the organism to move and take in food
form of social organization in which the mother rules the family or tribe, descent being traced through the mother
form of social organization in which the father rules the family or tribe, descent being traced through the father
transference of the thoughts and feelings of one person to another by no apparent means of communication
system of medical practice that treats disease by administering minute doses of a remedy which, if given to heathy persons, would produce symptoms of the disease treated
practitioner of osteopathy (treatment of diseases by manipulation of bones, muscles, nerves, etc.)
inflammation of the peritoneum (membrane lining the abdominal cavity and covering the organs)
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