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Rhetorical Terms

Question Answer
Allusion A reference to some famous literary work, historical figure, or event.
Analogy A comparison that attempts to explain one idea or thing by likening it to another.
Anecdote A brief narrative offered in a text to capture the audiences attention or to support a generalization or claim.
Aphorism A pithy observation that contains a general truth.
Audience The group for whom work is intended.
Concession A literary device used in a argumentative writing where one acknowledges a point made by one's opponent.
Counter argument An argument or set of reasons put forward to oppose an idea or theory developed in another argument.
Ethos Appeal to ethics
Euphemism A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.
Fallacy Errors in reasoning used by speakers or writers, sometimes in order to dupe their audiences.
Generalization A statement that asserts broad truth based upon a knowledge of specific cases.
Logos Appeals to Logic
Paralleism The principle of coherent writing requiring that coordinating elements be given the same grammatical form, as in Daniel Webster’s dictum.
Pathos Appeal to emotion
Propaganda Official government communication to the public that are designed to influence opinion.
Purpose The reason a author decides to write about a specific topic.
Repettition Literary devices that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make a idea clear.
Rhetoric The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially with the use of figures of speech and other writing compositions.
Rhetorical Question A question asked solely to produce an effort or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply.
Speaker One who delivers a public speech
Tone A literary compound of composition, which shows the attitudes toward the audience implied in a literary work.

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