10th Grade English Academic Word List 25 words

  1. ad hominem
    appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason)
  2. allusion
    passing reference or indirect mention
  3. ambiguity
    unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
  4. connotation
    an idea that is implied or suggested
  5. credibility
    the quality of being believable or trustworthy
  6. denotation
    the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to
  7. dialogue
    a conversation between two persons
  8. dramatic
    pertaining to or characteristic of drama
  9. epic
    a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
  10. essay
    an analytic or interpretive literary composition
  11. expository
    serving to expound or set forth
  12. generalization
    the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
  13. interior monologue
    a literary genre that presents a fictional character's sequence of thoughts in the form of a monologue
  14. jargon
    specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
  15. journal
    a daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations
  16. letters
    scholarly attainment
  17. myth
    a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
  18. mythology
    myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person
  19. objectivity
    judgment based on observable phenomena and uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices
  20. parable
    a short moral story (often with animal characters)
  21. red herring
    a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color
  22. sarcasm
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  23. satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  24. subjectivity
    judgment based on individual personal impressions and feelings and opinions rather than external facts
  25. text editor
    (computer science) an application that can be used to create and view and edit text files