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Examination Vocabulary in Literature
(used in IGCSE questions) Synonyms
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, jocular
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, vigorous, flamboyant.
Important, meaningful, indicative, representative, symbolic,
weighty, momentous, valid, denoting, cogent.
Strained, rigid, firm, taut, stiff, stressful, unyielding, hard put,
nerve wrecking, chocked.
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 table above is truly handy. Good luck!