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English Vocabulary List 1

Some words that you should have inside your brain.

Abstractsomething that concentrates in itself the essential qualities of anything more extensive/general, or of several things; essence.
AllegoryA story, play, or picture the employs such representation. An extended metaphor.
Alliterationthe repetition of initial sounds in neighboring words. Ie. Silly serpents slither slyly.
Allusionreference to a person, event, or place, real or fictional, or to a work of art. Casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event.
Euphemismthe substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener. I.e. He kicked the bucket=He died.
Fablea short story with a moral, typically featuring animals as characters
Parodya humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet's soliloquy.
Satirethe use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to criticize people’s stupidity or vices.
Similea figure of speech that compares to unlike things using like or as.
Metaphora figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance.
Imagerythe representation through language of an experience or object that is known through the senses. As even subjects of our imagination originate with the physical world, and our sensory perceptions, imagery is more than simply a part of writing; it is its very heart.
Foreshadowingadvance indications of things to come.

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