Word Up! Words of the Week for 2/29 – 3/4

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CHARACTERIZATION: n.

  1. n. portrayal; description of
  • Example:
    • One could characterize the current political climate as a reality t.v. show.

 

ANALOGY: n.

  1. n. a similarity between like features of two things
  2. comparability
  • Example:
    • An analogy could relate the heart muscle to a pump, because it circulates blood like a machine in the body.

 

IRONY: n.

  1. n. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning
  • Example:
    • Erica’s irony by replying, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend, did not go unnoticed.

 

METAPHOR: n.

  1. n. a phrase used to represent something else, often using is, and sometimes using like or as
  • Example:
    • The phrase, “My mother is my rock,” explains, using metaphor, that my mother is strong and a force to be reckoned with.

 

ELABORATE: v.

  1. to work out carefully or minutely, to develop and expand, to describe fully
  • Example:
    • Ms. Tidball’s test question asked me to elaborate on my paper topic.