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Glossary of PSSA Reading Terms

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simile
a comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"
hyperbole
an exaggeration
atlas
a book of maps
fact
a statement that can be proven true
personification
giving an object human qualities
thesaurus
a book of synonyms
idiom
a phrase not to be understood if taken literally
homophone
words that have different meanings, are spelled differently, but sound the same
onomatopoeia
sounds imitating what an object does
alliteration
repetition of beginning consonant sounds
almanac
a book of facts/information
synonym
two words with similar meanings
metaphor
a comparison without using "like" or "as"
opinion
someone's thoughts
antonym
two words with opposite meanings
PSSA Reading Terms
terms needed for the PSSA Reading test

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