List of Descriptive Words and Phrases For Book Reviews
Negative Vocabulary Word List for Book Reviews
(This List will be updated with definition soon)
uninteresting or tedious talk or dull.
having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.
having qualities that are seen as typical of a particular person or thing.
so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.
unimpressed or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before.
talk long-windedly without making very much sense.
not interesting; tedious.
the denouement of a drama, especially a classical tragedy.
silly and immature.
a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.
occurring, found, or done often; prevalent. not rare.
a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.
excessively proud of oneself; abilities, appearance, etc.; vain and egotistical.
bewildering or perplexing. make (something) more complex or less easy to understand.
created or arranged in a way that seems artificial and unrealistic.
make a similar or identical version of; reproduce.
simple and not skillfully done or made. (of figures) not adjusted or corrected.
causing or resulting in a feeling of miserable dejection.
failing to fulfill someone’s hopes or expectations.
lacking a coherent sequence or connection.
fail to satisfy (someone).
preventing concentration or diverting attention; disturbing.
lacking brightness or interest; drearily dull.
causing or involving great suffering, fear, or unhappiness; extremely bad or serious.
bare or lacking adornment. / forget one’s lines.
lacking interest or excitement.
lacking meaning or sincerity. / having no value or purpose.
ennui: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction: boredom.
intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with specialized knowledge or interest. obscure, cryptic, mysterious
A copy editor has the expertise needed to find and correct errors in spelling, grammar, continuity, flow, and punctuation.
easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent
actively aggressive; attacking
-The term one-dimensional character in a book review or story refers to a character who lacks depth and who never seems to learn or grow. When a character is one-dimensional, he or she does not demonstrate a sense of learning in the course of a story
-A one-dimensional character is one who does not have an arc throughout the story. They are the same at the end as they are at the beginning. Many characters in a typical novel or screenplay are one-dimensional. They fill small roles and are minor components that reflect the changes the main characters go through
overly difficult to understand or explain
have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved
insubstantial / lacking strength and solidity
lacking inspiration or excitement; dull
not carefully planned or considered, ill-conceived
not done correctly from a technical point of view
-refers more to failings of technique than of concept
synonym: carelessly, defectively, erroneously, faultily, imperfectly, inadequately, incorrectly, ineptly, poorly, shoddily, wrong, wrongly
behaving or occurring in a way that is expected.
-attempting to impress by affecting greater importance
-making usually unjustified or excessive claims
-(of writing or speech) lengthy and confused or inconsequential
-(of a person) traveling from place to place; wandering
-(of information) not analyzed, evaluated, or processed for use
-frank and realistic in the depiction of unpleasant facts or situations
-(of words or data) able to be omitted without loss of meaning or function
-not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous
-preoccupied with one’s own feelings, interests, or situation
-egocentric, egoistic. (also egoistical)
lacking common sense; wildly foolish.
-treated, regarded, or portrayed in a sentimental way
-(of a work of literature, music, or art) dealing with feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia, typically in an exaggerated and self-indulgent way
holes in the plot
in poor taste
lacking literary merit
little character development
Words used to describe writing or speech style provided by Macmillan Dictionary.
-able to express your thoughts, arguments, and ideas clearly and effectively
-articulate writing or speech is clear and easy to understand
be couched in something
to be expressed a particular way
a chatty writing style is friendly and informal
taking a long time to say what you really mean when you are talking or writing about something
clean language or humor does not offend people, especially because it does not involve sex
formal short but containing all that is necessary
a conversational style of writing or speaking is informal, like a private conversation
crisp speech or writing is clear and effective
formal expressing feelings or opinions with great force
formal using too many words and not easy to understand
including information that is not relevant to the main subject
an economical way of speaking or writing does not use more words than are necessary
suggesting what you mean rather than saying or writing it clearly
expressing what you mean using clear and effective language
making your meaning very clear because you have very strong feelings about a situation or subject
very firmly and clearly
expressing something such as a feeling or idea in a short and clever or funny way
literary relating to the writing of letters
euphemistic expressions are used for talking about unpleasant or embarrassing subjects without mentioning the things themselves
flowery language or writing uses many complicated words that are intended to make it more attractive
expressing yourself in a clear and confident way, without seeming to make an effort
correct or conservative in style, and suitable for official or serious situations or occasions
in a correct or conservative style or manner that is suitable for official or serious situations or occasions
a gossipy letter is lively and full of news about the writer of the letter and about other people
formal expressed in an extremely formal language in order to impress people, and often sounding silly because of this
have something/a lot/nothing etc to say for yourself
to be fair/very/not at all keen to talk, especially about yourself and your reasons for doing something
expressing things in a way that sounds natural
using a particular type or style of writing
not able to express clearly what you want to say
not spoken or pronounced clearly
unable to express yourself clearly
used about language or behavior that is suitable for using with friends but not in formal situations
similar in style to journalism
a learned piece of writing shows great knowledge about a subject, especially an academic subject
involving books or the activity of writing, reading, or studying books
relating to the kind of words that are used only in stories or poems, and not in normal writing or speech
using words to express feelings in the way that a song would
having the qualities of music
using unusual words and complicated sentences
very formal containing extremely formal and complicated language intended to impress people
not directly connected with what you are saying or writing
formal a pejorative word, phrase, etc expresses criticism or a bad opinion of someone or something
picturesque language is unusual and interesting
a pithy statement or piece of writing is short and very effective
expressing ideas in a very sensitive way and with great beauty or imagination
formal using or supported by strong arguments
mainly literary ponderous writing or speech is serious and boring
formal trying to seem very serious and important, in order to impress people
very formal using too many words and therefore boring
a punchy piece of writing such as a speech, report, or slogan is one that has a strong effect because it uses clear simple language and not many words
a rambling speech or piece of writing is long and confusing
writing that is readable is clear and able to be read
-relating to a style of speaking or writing that is effective or intended to influence people
-written or spoken in a way that is impressive but is not honest
-in a way that expects or wants no answer
-using or relating to rhetoric
a rough drawing or piece of writing is not completely finished
in a strong and clear way
-given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner.
-formal expressing opinions about right and wrong behavior in a way that is intended to impress people
very formal using a lot of long words that most people do not understand
using words in the way that is typical of Shakespeare’s writing
informal containing or using a lot of slang
relating to ways of creating effects, especially in language and literature
expressed in a very short but clear way
using language in a way that is complicated and difficult to understand
used for describing writing or words that you think are offensive
does not clearly or fully explain something
in a way that is not clear
formal using more words than necessary, and therefore long and boring
a well-turned phrase is one that is expressed well
with tongue in cheek
-intend it to be humorous and do not mean it seriously
-in an ironic, flippant, or insincere way
expressed in a particular way
using more words than are necessary, especially long or formal words
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