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AP english vocab

QuestionAnswer
allegory a story with characters that represent ideas or concepts (animal farm)
oxymoron contradictory combination of words (only morons use oxymorons)
shrewd keen awareness, intellignece, sense of the practical (Sharp Henry Read Every Word in the Dictionary)
metonymy substituting another name for a person or object (MISS-Metonymy Is Substituting Seamlessly)
allusion indirect reference to something else like art, literature (allusion meets conclusion)
pessimism see only the bad, undesired outcomes (glass half empty)
cynicism looking at the bad side of things and not the good (ex. Dr. House)
Ellipses omitting words... (kiss the cow's llipses)
understatement author assigns less significance to event or thing than it deserves (tornado outside--->"it's a bit windy")
hyperbole exaggerate for emphasis (he is like a billion years old)
euphemism the use of less offensive words in place of harsh phrases (departed or passed away instead of died)
apostrophe address an absent person or object as if it is alive and would reply (our imaginary friend apostrophe)
conceit fanciful metaphor (fanciful king) ex. "shall i compare thee to a summers day?"
litote understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negative of the contrary (not a bad idea)
colloquial informal conversation (coll=call someone on the phone)
pedantic lack of common sense, take things literally (bookworm)
nostalgic longing for things in the past (nos
Created by: sapphiresun