Unit 1 Rhetorical Vocab - 1 Rhetoric the art of effective...

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1. Rhetoric - the art of effective and persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques. 2. Analogy - a comparison between two things, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification. 3. Anaphora - the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses. 4. Anecdote - a short amusing story about an incident or person. 5. Argument - an exchange of diverging or opposite views, typically a heated or angry one. 6. Assertion - a confident and forceful statement of fact or belief. 7. Asyndeton - the omission or absence of a conjunction between parts of a sentence. 8. Audience - the assembled listeners or spectators at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, or a meeting. 9. Chiasmus - a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form. 10. Claim - an assertion of the truth of something, typically one that is disputed or in doubt. 11. Cliche - a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. 12. Concession - a thing that is granted, especially in response of a demand. 13. Connotation - an idea or feeling that invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning. 14. Context - the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed. 15. Counterargument - an argument or set of reasons put forward to oppose an idea or theory developed in another argument.
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