Creative Non-Fiction Vocabulary Flashcards

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burgeoning
expanding or growing rapidly
Moniker
(n.) name or nickname
Query
(n.) question or inquiry
epitome
a standard or typical example
parallelism
(n.) repeated syntactical similarities introduced for rhetorical effect
corollary
(n.) a proposition inferred immediately from a proved proposition with little or no additional proof; something that incidentally flows from something else
dissuade
to persuade not to do something
altruistic
showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
lambaste
transitive v.) to assault violently (usually verbally)
peremptory
adj.) expressive of urgency or command
plummet
v.) to drop sharply and abruptly
arcane
known or understood by only a few
conceit
the trait of being vain and conceited
recalcitrant
..., marked by stubborn resistance to authority
privy
secret; hidden; not public; made a participant in something secret; Ex. privy chamber government; Ex. be privy to a discussion; CF. private
allusion
(n.) an implied or indirect reference especially in literature; also: the use of such references
Motif
(n.) any recurring element that has symbolic significance in a story.
Satire
(n.) primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in the graphic and performing arts; vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement; form of social criticism
Impregnable
(adj.) incapable of being taken by assault
Conducive
(adj.) tending to promote or assist; perpetuating
Candid
(adj.) free from bias, prejudice, or malice; indicating or suggesting sincere honesty and absence of deception
amalgam
n.) a mixture of different elements (sometimes literal as in elements of the periodic table, but also "elements" is often used figuratively)
Brood
(v.) to think anxiously or gloomily about (intransitive v.) to sit quietly and thoughtfully
tract
a brief treatise on a subject of interest
metonymy
(n.) a figure of speech consisting of the use of the name of one thing for that
Juxtapose
(v.) to place side by side, especially to compare or contrast
Perambulation
(v.) to make an official inspection of (a boundary) on foot
fetter
(n.) a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural anything that confines or restrains; (v.) to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent
espouse
(v.) to take up and support as a cause
Deus Ex Machina
(n.) is a plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new character, ability, or object.
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