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Rhetorical Terms 2

Ms. Hamon Rhetorical Terms List 2

Alliteration The repetition of a consonant sounds at the beginning of nearby words.
Allusion A brief reference to a person, place, thing, event, or idea in history, classic literature, or even pop culture.
Assonance The repetition of the same vowel sound in nearby words.
Anachronism The intentional or unintentional use of a person, object, or event that is out of place chronologically.
Analogy Analogy compares two things, which are alike in several respects, for the purpose of explaining or clarifying some unfamiliar or difficult idea or object by showing how the idea or object is similar to some familiar one.
Antagonist The force that opposes the protagonist.
Protagonist The central character of the story.
Apostrophe An address either to someone (or something) who is absent (perhaps someone dead or one of the gods and therefore cannot hear the speaker or to something nonhuman that cannot comprehend.
Consonance The repetition of consonant sounds with different vowel sounds near each other.
Burlesque A work designed to ridicule a style, literary form, or subject matter either by treating the exalted in a trivial way or by discussing the trivial in exalted terms (that is, with mocking dignity).
Chiasmus A figure of speech in which the order of the terms in the first of two parallel clauses is reversed in the second.
Cliché Ideas or expressions that have become tired and trite from overuse.
Colloquial Characteristics of ordinary familiar language rather than formal.
Denotation The literal, dictionary definitions of words.
Connotation Associations and implications that go beyond a word's definition.
Created by: Mark Moreno



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