HL IB English Vocabulary

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frugal

sparse, saving

miserly

hoarding

tacit

unwritten, unspoken

metafiction

stories within stories

incipit

beginning of text or story

potent

powerful, mighty

polysemic

many meanings

foreground

things brought to the front

marginalize

push aside

narrative gaps

things left out

intrinsic

basic, inborn, belonging to us

indispensable

necessary, essential

prosaically

commonplace or dull

decadent

corrupt, decaying

bespectacled

wearing eyeglasses

imperative

necessary, required, unavoidable

portentous

momentous, marvelous

cohesive

all together

coherent

understandable

cogent

believable, credible

banal

not much flavor

mundane

ordinary

idiom

a peculiar, untranslatable expression

magnanimous

noble, generous in spirit

meritocracy

a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects

cower

show submission or fear

moniker

a distinctive name or nickname

pragmatic

practical

auspicious

favorable, fortunate

prudent

careful

malaise

unease

anachronism

something out of place in time

pedestrian

lacking wit or imagination

nonchalant

casual

ennui

boredom

enigma

puzzle

colloquial

characteristic of informal spoken language, conversational

staid

sober, serious, quiet

furtive

stealthy, secretive

ubiquitous

being present everywhere at once

hirsute

having or covered with hair

overt

open, obvious

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