Semantic Change

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Amelioration
Word takes on a more positive meaning (eg. pretty)
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Pejoration
Word takes on a more negative meaning (eg. notorious)
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Weakening
Meaning loses the strength of the original meaning
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Narrowing
Meaning becomes more specific
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Broadening
meaning becomes more general
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Metaphor
Word is acquires new meanings because it is used metaphorically (eg. *****)
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Euphemism
Describing something unpleasant in a more pleasant matter (eg. spend a penny)
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Idiom
An expression that can only be understood as a whole (eg. pull your socks up)
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Card 2

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Word takes on a more negative meaning (eg. notorious)

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Pejoration

Card 3

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Meaning loses the strength of the original meaning

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Card 4

Front

Meaning becomes more specific

Back

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Card 5

Front

meaning becomes more general

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