Processes of Semantic Change

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Amelioration
A word develops a more positive meaning.
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Pejoration
A word develops a more negative meaning.
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Broadening
A word that has a specific meaning can develop a broader meaning over time.
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Narrowing
A word that has a general meaning can develop a narrower meaning.
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Metaphors
Describing things as if they are actually something else.
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Metonymy
A word associated with an object instead of the object's actual name.
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Idiom
Sayings that don't make sense if you literally interpret the meanings of the words in the phrase. They usually have some factual, literary or historical basis.
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Euphemism
The use of alternative words or phrases to avoid offending someone or to make something appear less unpleasant.
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Cliche
Potential results of using idioms a lot, making them overused phrases that fail to excite the imagination.
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A word develops a more negative meaning.

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Pejoration

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A word that has a specific meaning can develop a broader meaning over time.

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Card 4

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A word that has a general meaning can develop a narrower meaning.

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Card 5

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Describing things as if they are actually something else.

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