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Irony is a figure of speech in which there is a contradiction of expectation between what is said what is really meant. It is characterized by an incongruity, a contrast, between reality and ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary techniques

An epigram refers to a concise, witty, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. The origin of the word epigram is Greek, from epigraphein (epi- + graphein to write). Examples: "I ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary techniques

Euphemism is used to express a mild, indirect, or vague term to substitute for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term. Euphemism is often contrasted with dysphemism. Some euphemisms intend to amuse, while ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary techniques

Ellipsis (or elliptical construction ) is the omission of a word or words. It refers to constructions in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood. Ellipsis ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary techniques

Dysphemism is the use of a harsh, more offensive word instead of one considered less harsh. Dysphemism is often contrasted with euphemism. Dysphemisms are generally used to shock or ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary techniques

Climax refers to a figure of speech in which words, phrases, or clauses are arranged in order of increasing importance. Example: This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary techniques

Chiasmus is a figure of speech in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form. In other words, the clauses display inverted ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary techniques

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