AP English Language Vocabulary

AP English Language Vocabulary - Term Definition Ad Hominem...

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Term: Ad Hominem Argument Definition: Attacks the opposing speaker or another person rather than addressing the issues at hand Term: Allegory Definition: Fictional work in which the characters represent ideas or concepts Term: Alliteration Definition: The repetition of consonant sounds, usually at the beginning of words Term: Allusion Definition: A reference, usually oblique or faint, to another thing, idea, or person Term: Ambiguity Definition: Uncertain or indefinite; subject to more than one interpretation
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Term: Analogy Definition: The correspondence or resemblance between two things that are essentially different Term: Anecdote Definition: A short story used to illustrate a point the author is making Term: Antecedent Definition: Every pronoun refers back to a previous noun or pronoun Term: Antithesis Definition: An opposition or contrast of ideas that is often expressed in balanced phrases or clauses Term: Apostrophe Definition: A figure of speech in which an absent person or personified object is addressed by a speaker
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Term: Appositive Definition: A word or phrase that follow a noun or pronoun for emphasis or clarity Term: Assonance Definition: A type of internal rhyming in which vowel souds are repeated Term: Asyndeton Definition: When the conjunctions (such as "and" or "but") that would normally connect a string of words, phrases, or clauses are omitted from a sentence Term: Atmosphere Definition: The emotional feeling -or mood- of a place, scene, or event
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Term: Attitude Definition: The feelings of a particular speaker or piece of writing toward a subject, person, or idea Term: Contrast Definition:
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