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Ambiguity
A statement which has two or more possible meanings or whose meaning is unclear
Cliché
An idea or expression that has become tired and trite from overuse
Hyperbole
Exaggeration, often extravagant (E.g. I have told you a million times)
Irony
The incongruity between what is said and what is meant or done, or what is expected and what happens
Situational Irony
Expectations aroused by a situation are reversed
Cosmic Irony
Misfortune is the result of fate, chance, God
Understatement
Casual or light treatment of the subject (also called litotes and meioses)
Dramatic Irony
The audience knows more than the characters in the play
Verisimilitude
Something that has the appearance to be true or real
Aphorism
A brief saying embodying a moral, concise statement of a principle or precept (E.g. Lost time is never found again)
Catharsis
The release of emotions of pity and fear by the audience at the end of a tragedy
Connotation
Emotions, values or images associated to a word (E.g. motherly)
Denotation
The literal meaning of a word without emotions, values or images related to it (E.g. mother)
Imagery
Language that evokes one or all of the five senses (Olfactory, tactile, visual, auditory, gustatory, kinesthesia, synaesthesia)
Suspense
The feeling of uncertainty and interest about the outcome of certain actions