English Literature Vocabulary
Attentively (adj.): Paying close attention
“He listened attentively.”
Contrast (n): A person, quality, thing etc. showing notable differences when compared with another
“Red berries standing in vivid contrast against the snow.”
Critically (adv.): The act of judging and analysing
"This must be examined critically."
Tangent (n): A sudden digression or change in course
“The student went off on a tangent during his presentation.”
Prejudice (n): The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions
without any knowledge
“A boy with a prejudice towards unfamiliar food.”
Tome (n): One of the books in a work of several volumes, or a large weighty book
“My sister received a tome for her English homework to read over the summer.”
Osmosis (n): Diffusion through any membrane or porous barrier, from a less concentrated to a more
concentrated solution until both solutions are of the same concentration
“Water can move across cell membranes because of osmosis.”
Peruse (vb): To read or examine, typically with great care
“He planned to peruse at his art history textbook the day before his exam.”
Verbose (adj.): Using or containing an excess of words, so as to be pedantic or boring
“When drunk, he becomes pompous and verbose.”
Pithy (adj.): Brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression
“She makes pithy comments when watching tv.”
Forcefully (adj.): Full of force or characterized by force, with intense energy
“We are seeing this film too late to feel its original impact forcefully."
Expressive (adj.): Showing or communicating meaning or feeling effectively
“They made an expressive glance at each other.”
Correlate (vb.): To place or be placed in a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship
“A graph was shown to correlate expenses and income.”
Encumbrance (n): A thing that impedes or is burdensome, a hindrance
“The ankle-length dress was an encumbrance to her dancing.”
Reverential (adj.): Of the nature of, due to, or characterized by reverence and respect
“Their names are always mentioned in reverential tones."
Solace (n): Comfort in sorrow, misfortune or distress
“She sought solace in her religion.”
Homage (n): Special honour or respect shown publicly
“Many villagers come here to pay homage to the Virgin."
Allusion (n): An expression designed to call something to mind with...
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