AP English Language Vocabulary

AP English Language Vocabulary

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Appositive

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Section 1

(50 cards)

Appositive

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A word or phrase that follow a noun or pronoun for emphasis or clarity

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Onomatopoeia

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An effect created by words that have sounds that reinforce their meaning

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Mood

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The prevailing or dominant feeling of a work, scene, or event

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Analogy

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The correspondence or resemblance between two things that are essentially different

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Pathos

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A sympathetic feeling of pity or compassion evoked by an artistic work

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Asyndeton

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When the conjunctions (such as "and" or "but") that would normally connect a string of words, phrases, or clauses are omitted from a sentence

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Parallelism

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A literary technique that relies on the use of the same syntactical structures

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Metaphor

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A figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared directly

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Rhetoric

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The art and logic of a written or spoken argument to persuade, to analyze, or to expose

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Connotative

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The interpretive level of a word based on associated images rather than the literal meaning

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Deductive Argument

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The process of moving from a general rule to a specific example

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Periodic Sentence

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Presents the main clause at the end of the sentence, for emphasis

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Imagery

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A mental picture that is conjured by specific words and associations

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Oxymoron

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Two contradictory words in one expression

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Ethos

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Refers to generally ethics, or values

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Euphemism

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A mild or pleasant sounding expression that substitutes for a harsh, indelicate, or simply less pleasant idea

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Figurative Language

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All uses of language that imply an imaginative comparison

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Repetition

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The reiteration of a word or phrase for emphasis

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Juxtaposition

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When two contrasting things are placed next to each other for comparison

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Diction

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An author's choice of words

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Elegy

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A work that expresses sorrow

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Allusion

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A reference, usually oblique or faint, to another thing, idea, or person

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Ad Hominem Argument

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Attacks the opposing speaker or another person rather than addressing the issues at hand

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Didactic

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Writing which has the purpose of teaching or instructing

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Inductive Argument

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Creating a case by providing specific examples and drawing a conclusion based on the evidence they provide

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Atmosphere

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The emotional feeling -or mood- of a place, scene, or event

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Ambiguity

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Uncertain or indefinite; subject to more than one interpretation

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Antecedent

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Every pronoun refers back to a previous noun or pronoun

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Pun

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A play on words

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Exposition

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Writing or speech that is organized to explain

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Alliteration

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The repetition of consonant sounds, usually at the beginning of words

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Hyperbole

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A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used to achieve emphasis

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Metonymy

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A figure of speech in which something is referred to by using the name of something that is associated with it

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Apostrophe

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A figure of speech in which an absent person or personified object is addressed by a speaker

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Logos

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The use of reason as a controlling principle in an argument

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Allegory

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Fictional work in which the characters represent ideas or concepts

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Parody

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An effort to ridicule or make fun of a literary work or an author by writing a comic imitation of the work

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Attitude

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The feelings of a particular speaker or piece of writing toward a subject, person, or idea

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Personification

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A figure of speech in which ideas or objects are described as having human qualities or personalities

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Paradox

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A seeming contradiction that in fact reveals some truth

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Persona

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The character created by the voice and narration of the speaker of a text

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Anecdote

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A short story used to illustrate a point the author is making

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Antithesis

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An opposition or contrast of ideas that is often expressed in balanced phrases or clauses

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Foreshadowing

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A purposeful hint placed in a work of literature to suggest what may occur later in the narrative

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Point of View

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The particular perspective from which a story is told

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Colloquial Language

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Slang or common language that is informal

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Irony

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When a situation produces and outcome that is the opposite of what is expected

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Assonance

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A type of internal rhyming in which vowel souds are repeated

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Ellipses

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Indicated by a series of three periods; shows that words have been omitted

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Contrast

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Oppositions

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Section 2

(16 cards)

Rhetorical Question

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A question that is asked for the sake of argument

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Rhetorical Strategy

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The way an author organizes words, sentences, and overall argument in order to achieve a particular purpose

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Symbol

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Something that stands for something else

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Rhetorical Devices

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The specific language tools that an author uses to carry out a rhetorical strategy (diction, imagery, or syntax)

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Selection of Detail

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The specific words, incidents, images, or events the author uses to create a scene or narrative

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Satire

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To ridicule or mock ideas, persons, events, or doctrines

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Synonym

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A word that has the same, or nearly the same, meaning as another word

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Syllogism

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A form of deductive reasoning in which pieces of evidence are used to create a new conclusion

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Theme

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The central idea

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Understatement

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When an author assigns less significance to an event or thing than it deserves

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Zeugma

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When a word is used with two adjacent words in the same construction, but only makes literal sense with one of them

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Tension

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A feeling excitement and expectation the reader or audience feels because of the conflict, mood, or atmosphere of the work

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Syntax

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The way words are arranged in a sentence

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Simile

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A commonly used figure of speech that compares one thing with another using the words "like" or "as"

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Tone

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Attitude

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Speaker

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The narrator of a story, poem, or drama

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