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allegorical

allegorical

/ˌæɫəˈɡɔɹəkəɫ/
adjective
(of a story, play, image, etc.) using characters or events in a symbolic sense that represent a concept, quality, etc.

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autobiographical

autobiographical

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

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abridged

abridged

/əˈbɹɪdʒd/
adjective
(a book, play, text, etc.) made shorter than the original by omitting some details

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believable

believable

/bəˈɫivəbəɫ/
adjective
describing something that is possible and therefore can be believed

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canonical

canonical

/kəˈnɑnəkəɫ/
adjective
(of an author or literary work) accepted as highly acclaimed authors or pieces of literature, which are collectively referred to as the literary canon

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comic

comic

/ˈkɑmɪk/
adjective
connected with or in the style of comedy

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concise

concise

/kənˈsaɪs/
adjective
giving a lot of information briefly and clearly

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corny

corny

/ˈkɔɹni/
adjective
old-fashioned, dull or too sentimental

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edgy

edgy

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

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far-fetched

far-fetched

/fˈɑːɹfˈɛtʃt/
adjective
not probable and difficult to believe

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flowery

flowery

/ˈfɫaʊɝi/
adjective
(of writing or speech) full of literary or complicated words and phrases

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heavy

heavy

/ˈhɛvi/
adjective
(of a literary work) very serious or hard to understand

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highbrow

highbrow

/ˈhaɪˌbɹaʊ/
adjective
scholarly and highly interested in cultural or artistic matters

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historical

historical

/hɪˈstɔɹɪkəɫ/
adjective
related to the past

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labored

labored

/ˈɫeɪbɝd/
adjective
(of writing, speech, etc.) not natural and lacking fluency

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light

light

/ˈɫaɪt/
adjective
not serious or profound and intended for entertainment

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literary

literary

/ˈɫɪtɝˌɛɹi/
adjective
(of a language or style of writing) related to or suitable for works of literature rather than everyday discourse

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lowbrow

lowbrow

/lˈoʊbɹaʊ/
adjective
intended for those who have little knowledge about culture and serious art

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lurid

lurid

/ˈɫʊɹəd/
adjective
(of a literary piece) shocking due to involving severe violence, explicit sexual content, or immoral activities

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mannered

mannered

/ˈmænɝd/
adjective
behaving in an artificial way that is too formal, trying to impress others

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moving

moving

/ˈmuvɪŋ/
adjective
causing powerful emotions of sympathy or sorrow

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naturalistic

naturalistic

/ˌnætʃɝəˈɫɪstɪk/, /ˌnætʃɹəˈɫɪstɪk/
adjective
(of a literary or artistic work) mimicking or portraying the real life

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original

original

/ɝˈɪdʒənəɫ/
adjective
resulting from the direct work of an artist, etc., which is not a copy

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pacy

pacy

/pˈeɪsi/
adjective
(of a book, movie, etc.) having a fast-developing plot

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picaresque

picaresque

/ˌpɪkəˈɹɛsk/
adjective
connected with a literary work or motion picture that deals with the adventures of a protagonist who is likable but has low morals

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pictorial

pictorial

/pɪkˈtɔɹiəɫ/
adjective
suggesting vivid and lifelike images

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potted

potted

/ˈpɑtɪd/
adjective
(of a literary work) abridged and put in a concise and clear form

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prolix

prolix

/pɹˈɑːlɪks/
adjective
bombarded with words, therefore creating a tedious effect

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racy

racy

/ˈɹeɪsi/
adjective
fun, exciting and having suggestive or sexual content

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rambling

rambling

/ˈɹæmbəɫɪŋ/, /ˈɹæmbɫɪŋ/
adjective
(of speech or writing) very long in a way that is confusing and incomprehensible

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raunchy

raunchy

/ˈɹɔntʃi/
adjective
sexually explicit or morally obscene

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readable

readable

/ˈɹidəbəɫ/
adjective
easy, interesting and enjoyable to read

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realistic

realistic

/ˌɹiəˈɫɪstɪk/
adjective
depicting things as what they are in real life

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self-referential

self-referential

/sˈɛlfɹɪfɚɹˈɛnʃəl/
adjective
(of a literary or artistic work) with a clear reference to itself, the author or artist or other works they created

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spine-chilling

spine-chilling

/spˈaɪntʃˈɪlɪŋ/
adjective
(of a book, movie, etc.) strikingly scary

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storytelling

storytelling

/ˈstɔɹiˌtɛɫɪŋ/
noun
the activity of telling a story in written or oral form

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stylistic

stylistic

/staɪˈɫɪstɪk/
adjective
connected with literary or artistic style

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symbolic

symbolic

/sɪmˈbɑɫɪk/
adjective
consisting of or employing symbols

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taut

taut

/ˈtɔt/
adjective
(of a written piece) concise and carefully written

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tragic

tragic

/ˈtɹædʒɪk/
adjective
(of a literary piece) related to tragedy

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turgid

turgid

/ˈtɝdʒɪd/
adjective
(of speech or writing) boringly lofty and difficult to understand

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unputdownable

unputdownable

/ʌnpˈʌtdaʊnəbəl/
adjective
(of a book) very exciting in a way that one cannot stop reading it

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unreadable

unreadable

/ˈənˈɹidəbəɫ/, /ənˈɹidəbəɫ/
adjective
(of a book) difficult or boring in a way that the reader is not engaged

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vivid

vivid

/ˈvɪvəd/, /ˈvɪvɪd/
adjective
producing lifelike and detailed mental images

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