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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