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AP Vocab part 3

AP lit terms and definitions
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ambiguity
multiple meanings, intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence or passage
antithesis
figure of speech in which opposing ideas are balanced against each other in parallel syntax
cliche
commonplace expression that is no longer effective because it is used too often
connotation
implied or suggested meaning of a word or expression
denotation
literal or dictionary meaning of a word
foreshadowing
planting of important clues in a play or story to prepare the reader for the events that are to come
dramatic irony
fact or events are unknown to a character but known to the reader, audience or other characters
concrete
nouns that name physical objects; include details that relate to the topic
euphemism
more agreeable or less offensive substitute for an unpleasant word or concept
metaphor
comparison between unlike objects without using "like" or "as"
extended metaphor
comparison between unlike objects without using "like" or "as" that is developed to great lenghts
simile
comparison between unlike objects using "like" or "as"
hyperbole
figure of speech that incorporates obvious exaggeration
symbol
person or thing that has meaning but suggests further meaning
personification
figure of speech which gives human qualities to an inanimate thing
mood
state of mind or feeling created in the reader by the literary work
paradox
statement which appears contradictory and may be true
parody
work that mimics an author's style or thought usually by humor or trivial theme
prose
genre that refers to fiction or nonfiction, written in ordinary language, resembles everyday speech
realism
writing that presents things as they actually exist in real life without romantic or idealistic coloring