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Examination Vocabulary in Literature 0486
(used in IGCSE questions)
Attractive, impressive, dynamic, noteworthy, wondrous, dazzling,
prominent, stunning, out of the ordinary.
Expressive, startling, electrifying, melodramatic, theatrical, farcical,
thespian, climactic, sensational, affecting.
Contradictory, quick-witted, defiant, incongruous, exaggerated, pungent,
trenchant, paradoxical, sharp, mordant.
Exciting, diverting, cheerful, engaging, gratifying, jovial, humorous, lively,
Absurd, merry, playful, jovial, good-humoured, hysterical, priceless,
waggish, jolly, whimsical.
Compulsory, fascinating, forcefully, imperative, coercive, constraining,
intimidating, obligatory, imperious, mandatory.
Active, bright, meaningful, high-spirited, shining, distinct, colourful, brilliant,
Important, meaningful, indicative, representative, symbolic, weighty,
momentous, valid, denoting, cogent.
Strained, rigid, firm, taut, stiff, stressful, unyielding, hard put, nerve
Essential, foremost, primarily, ponderous, conspicuous, relevant,
paramount, determining, serious, vital.
Heart-felt, touching, emotional, gripping, heartrending, heartening, stirring,
poignant, impelling, awakening.
Alluring, enchanting, stimulating, riveting, bewitching, captivating,
spellbinding, hypnotic, magnetic, mesmerizing.
Eventful, momentous, unforgettable, indelible, inerasable, unforgettable,
ingraining, enduring, illustrious.
Alarming, agitating, discomforting, troubling, impending, wearisome,
unpleasant, severe, perplexing, dismaying.
Note: It is a good idea to close your paragraphs with Key Word(s) from question but it will be monotonous if
you use it quite a number of times, say 6-8 times in 6-8 paragraphs in a literature response. Thus, it is essential
that candidates use a variety of words that are similar to the Key Word given in the question. In this context, the
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