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English Terms

TermDefinition
Characterization The act of instance of characterizing. A description of qualities or peculiarities.
Conflict A serious disagreement, typically a protracted one; A prolonged armed struggle;An incompatibility between two or more opinions, principles, or interests.
Connotation/Denotation An idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning./The literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests.
Dialogue A conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play or movie.
Figurative Language Using figures of speech to be more effective, persuasive and impactful. Can be in the form of metaphors, similes, and/or allusions.
Foreshadowing A warning or indication of a future event.
Inference A conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning.
Metaphor A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable (not using like or as)
Mood A temporary state of mind or feeling
Objective Summary A summary not influence by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice (unbiased)
Personification The attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.
Point of View A particular attitude or way of considering a matter;The narrator's position in relation the the story being told;The position from which something or someone is observed.
Setting The place or type of surrounding where something is positioned or where an event take place
Simile A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (using like or as)
Theme The subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic
Tone A musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength;The general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.
Central Idea The unifying element of the story, which ties together all of the other elements of fiction used by the author to tell the story.
Purpose The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists:One's intention or objective.
Rhetorical Question A question that is asked without expecting an answer. The question might be one that does not have an answer, or has an obvious answer, but is asked to make a point, to persuade or for literary effect.
Structure (Ex - Chronological Order The arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex;Construct or arrange according to a plan;Give a pattern or organization to
Alliteration The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Couplets Two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.
Imagery Visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work
Meter The rhythm of a piece of poetry
Onomatopoeia The formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named.
Rhyme Scheme The ordered pattern of rhymes at the ends of the lines of a poem or verse.
Stanza A division of four or more lines having a fixed length, meter, or rhyming scheme.
Allusion An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly;An indirect or passing reference
Analogy A comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
Anecdote A short and amusing or interesting story about a real life incident or person.
Antonyms A word opposite in meaning to another
Archetype A very typical example of a certain person or thing;An original that has been imitated.
Dialect A particular form of a language that is peculiar to a specific region or social group;A particular version of a programming language.
Exaggeration A statement that represent something as better or worse that it really is
Flashback A scene in a movie, novel, etc., set in a time earlier than the main story.
Hyperbole Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Irony - dramatic, situational, verbal The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect; A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.
Motivation The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way;The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
Narrative A spoken or written account of connected events;A story
Synonyms A word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. (Example :shut and close)
Oxymoron A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (Example:Faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.)
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