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A recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work.
The way in which words are put together to form phrases and sentences.
The choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing.
Substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')
An innocuous, inoffensive or circumlocutory term or phrase for something unpleasant or obscene.
The representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits; personification.
A very typical example of a certain person or thing.
A figure of speech where a part is used instead of the whole, or the reverse.
The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
The language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region.
A method of speech, writing or artistic expression intended to be sarcastic, ironic or to provoke ridicule.
A pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as, “if it ain't broke, don't fix it.”
The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.
A phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.
Something that has the appearance of being true or real.