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Keystone Lit Terms

Keystone Literature Review

TermDefinition
Allegory An extended metaphor in which objects, people, and actions in the story represent people or ideas outside the story.
Alliteration The repetition of beginning sounds in neighboring words.
Allusion A reference in literature to a familiar person, place, or event.
Antonym A word that is the opposite in meaning to another word.
Connotation The associations that a word or phrase suggests in addition to its dictionary meaning.
Foreshadowing A hint in a story that creates expectation or sets up later developments in the plot.
Hyperbole An exaggeration or overstatement.
Metaphor comparison of two unlike things without using words of comparison (like/as).
Onomatopoeia A word that is spelled like a sound.
Personification An object or abstract idea given human qualities or human form.
Satire A literary approach that ridicules or examines human immorality or weakness.
Simile A comparison of two unlike things using a word of comparison (like or as)
Synonym A word that is similar in meaning to another word.
Name‐calling an attack on a person instead of an issue.
Bandwagon stating that an idea or product is popular or because “everyone” is doing it.
Red herring distracting the reader with off-topic details
Emotional appeal "tugging on the heartstrings,” using “sob stories” to persuade
Testimonial using a famous person to endorse a product or idea
Repetition repeating a message over and over again
Stereotyping making an oversimplified statement about a group based on limited information.
Circular argument stating a conclusion as part of the proof of the argument
Twisting Facts misrepresenting numbers and statistics
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