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English final rev

avarice extreme greed for wealth and material gain
usurers a person who lends money at unreasonably high rates of interest
extort to obtain something by force or threats
ostentation boastful dusplay
parsimony stinginess
fete an elaborate party
profuse exuberantly plentiful; abundant lavish extravagant
ruddy a fresh healthy red color
spectral of or like a ghost, spooky
prostrate lying stretched out on the ground with one's face downward
blithe carefree
connate existing naturally
chaos complete disorder and confusion
aversion a strong dislike or disinclination
suffrage vote or voting
divines clergy
dilapidated in disrepair
sublime noble or inspiring
superfluous unnecessary, excessive
evitable avoidable
expedient convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral a means of attaining an end, especially one that is convenient but considered improper or immoral
posterity all future generations
alacrity speed
theme the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic
parallelism expresses ideas of equal importance in phrases or sentences that are worded in a similar way
personification The attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality
repetition repeat a word or phrase for emphasis
iambic pentameter a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable
paradox A seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true
anecdote a very short story used to illustrate a point
anaphora repetition of words at the beginning of a sentence
setting The place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes plac
symbol A thing that represents or stands for something else, esp. a material object representing something abstract.
allegory A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
allusion a reference to a person, event, or place in history, religious texts or literature
irony The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
oral tradition stories told by word of mouth
alliteration The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
loaded language emotionally charged words
memorable line a line that leaves the reader with a special emotion
myth explains the unexplainable
extended metaphor A comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout a series of sentences in a paragraph or lines in a poem.
deductive reasoning use facts to lead the reader to a probable conclusion
rhetorical question a question that does not call for an answer because the answer is obvious
Created by: madibea


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