Literature

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Vocabulary for IELTS (General) - Lesson 4

Vocabulary for IELTS (General)
to adaptverb

to change a book or play in a way that can be made into a movie, TV series, etc.

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anecdotenoun

a short interesting story about a real event or person, often biographical

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to authorverb

to be the writer of a book, article, etc.

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autobiographynoun

the story of the life of a person, written by the same person

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bestsellernoun

an item, especially a book, that is bought by a large number of people

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captionnoun

a short text accompanying an illustration, giving extra information

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commissionnoun

a formal request for an artist to paint, design or compose a piece of art

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to draftverb

to write something for the first time that needs corrections for the final presentation

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critic
criticnoun

someone who gives their personal standpoint of a movie, play, etc. as a job

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editionnoun

the particular form that a book or magazine is in

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to illustrate
to illustrateverb

to use pictures in a book, magazine, etc.

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indexnoun

an alphabetical list of subjects, names, etc. along with the page numbers each of them occurs, coming at the end of a book

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literaryadjective

related to literature

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metaphornoun

a type of figure of speech by which a person describes something or someone by referring to something or someone else to point out their similarities or emphasize them or give a better description of what they mean

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mythnoun

a story involving the ancient history of a people, usually about heroes and supernatural events that could be unreal

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narratornoun

the person who tells the story in a novel, poem, etc.

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to plotverb

to write the series of events forming a novel, movie, play, etc.

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tragedynoun

a play with sad events, especially one that the main character dies at the end

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twistnoun

an unexpected turn in the course of events

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symbolicadjective

consisting of or employing symbols

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sequelnoun

a book, movie, play, etc. that continues and extends the story of an earlier one

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to depictverb

to describe or portray someone or something in words

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conciseadjective

giving a lot of information briefly and clearly

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autobiographicaladjective

(of a written work) relating to the author's own life or autobiography

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appendixnoun

a separate part at the end of a book that gives further information

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to abridgeverb

to make a book, play, etc. short by omitting the details and including the main parts

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forewordnoun

a short introductory section at the beginning of a book, usually written by someone other than the author

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afterwordnoun

a part at the end of a book including some final words that may not be written by the author

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edgyadjective

(of a movie, book, piece of music, etc.) marked with sharpness and intensity

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motifnoun

a subject, idea, or phrase that is repeatedly used in a literary work or musical composition

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