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Lit. Elememts

Literary devices used in writing

TermDefinition
Alliteration The repetition of a beginning constant sound within a phrase or sentence.
Allusion A direct or indirect reference to a significant person, event, time, or work of literature.
Assonance The repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds found within or at the end of words or phrases.
Analogy Compares similar concepts, characters, or works of literature so the reader better understands a difficult idea.
Cliché An expression that has been used so often that it's meaning and impact are no longer effective.
Consonance The repetition of constant sounds within or at the ends of words in a phrase or sentence.
Euphemism A polite word or phrase used in place of an offensive or rude word or phrase.
Hyperbole Uses exaggeration to promote strong emotion, to create humor, or to make a point.
Idiom An expression that is clear only to those who are familiar with the language of it's origin, and can understand it based on it's literal meaning.
Imagery The use of figurative language to paint a sensory picture for the reader.
Irony What results when the actual outcome is different from what is expected.
Metaphor Compares similar things or ideas without using the words like or as.
Onomatopoeia A word or words that sound like the action or thing they describe or represent.
Oxymoron Combines two words of contrasting meanings to convey a single idea or thought.
Paradox A statement that initially seems to contradict itself but in fact, includes a fundamental truth.
Personification Attributing human characteristics to inanimate objects, natural forces, animals, or ideas.
Pun Uses similar or identical sounding words to create an alternate meaning to the sentence in which it's used.
Simile Compares different things or ideas by using the words like or as.
Satire Uses humor, sarcasm, or irony to bring ridicule awareness to ills or problems of society.
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