Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lit Terms: List 1 (DEFINITIONS)

  • a story in which people, things, and happenings have a hidden or symbolic meaning; allegories are used for teaching or explaining ideas, moral principles, etc ..
  • the presenting of ideas by means of such stories; symbolical narration or description
  • repetition of an initial sound, usually of a consonant or cluster in two or more words of a phrase, line of poetry, etc ..
  • an indirect reference; casual mention 
  • state of being ambiguous - having two or more possible meanings; not clear; indefinite; uncertain; vague 
  • the representation of something as existing or occurring at other than its proper time especially earlier; anything that is or seems to be out of its proper time in history
  • similarity in some respects between things otherwise unlike; partial resemblance
  • the process by which new or less familiar words, constructions, or pronunciations conform to the pattern of older or more familiar (and often unrelated) ones
  • a separating or breaking up of any whole into parts especially with an examination of these parts to find out their nature, proportion, function, interrelationship, etc ..
  • the use of word order and uninflected function words rather than inflection to express syntactic relationships
  • the rhetorical device of repeating a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or sentences
  • a short, entertaining account of some happening, usually personal or biographical
  • a person who opposes or competes with another; adversary. opponent
  • a contrast or opposition of thoughts, usually in two phrases, clauses, or sentences
  • the exact opposite
  • a short concise statement of a principle
  • a short, pointed sentence expressing a wise or clever observation or a general truth; maxim; adage
  • an apology especially a formal defense of an idea, religion, etc ..
  • words addressed to a person or thing, whether absent or, generally in an exclamatory  digression in a speech or literary writing
  • to show the omission of a letter or letters from a word
  • a reason or reasons offered for or against something
  • a short statement of subject matter, or a brief synopsis of a plot; summary
  • the act of assuming, a taking upon oneself, taking over, or taking for granted
  • supposition 
  • a group of persons assembled to hear or see a speaker, a play, a concert, etc ..
  • the act of characterizing, description of characterics
  • the delineation of character or creation of characters in a play, story, etc ..
  •  rhetoric inversion of the second of two parallel clauses, phrases, etc ..

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