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21 advanced vocabulary adjectives
In this advanced English lesson, we’re focusing on adjectives—specifically, advanced vocabulary adjectives.
I have a total of 21, and they are particularly important for proficiency exams like IELTS or CAE. Knowing which adjectives to use when describing a noun can earn you extra marks.
This English lesson will provide you with these advanced adjectives, emphasising their use in reviewing and how you can use them in your English speaking and writing.
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Meaning: that makes you feel very happy, lively, and full of energy
The Formula One race was exhilarating, with high-speed action and thrilling overtakes.
The roller coaster ride was exhilarating, with twists and turns that filled us with excitement and joy.
Meaning: has been talked about or praised too much, often beyond its actual value
In my opinion, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was an overhyped movie that fell short of my expectations.
That was really overhyped! I was expecting something amazing, but it was the dullest game I’ve ever seen.
Meaning: relating to the mood or feeling of a particular environment or setting
The nightclub had an atmospheric dance floor where the DJ kept the party going with great music.
The disco had an atmospheric vibe, a bustling dance floor, and a DJ playing great music all night.
Meaning: full of exciting events, thrilling moments, or intense activity
It was a real action-packed holiday from beginning to end. I’ve forgotten about half of the activities.
“Saving Private Ryan” is an action-packed war film that keeps you really into it.
If you enjoy action-packed stories, “Star Wars” is a must-see.
The “Fast and Furious” franchise is well-known for its action-packed sequences.
21 advanced vocabulary adjectives
Meaning: it can make you feel strong emotions or leave a strong impression
“1917” is a powerful film that shows the challenges faced by soldiers in the trenches of World War I.
“12 Years a Slave” is a powerful movie that exposes the brutal realities of slavery in the United States.
Meaning: overused and lacking originality, making them predictable or stereotypical
“The Notebook” is a clichéd love story with typical romantic elements.
In a clichéd romantic movie, you can almost instinctively predict the plot.
Even though Christmas movies are clichéd, we still love watching them.
Meaning: the plot is intense and it keeps you interested
The gripping movie kept the audience on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
Many series on Netflix are gripping, with exciting stories and interesting characters to entertain viewers.
Meaning: interesting and holds your attention well
The compelling storytelling in this Netflix series has captivated audiences worldwide.
The mystery novel had such a compelling plot that I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the last page.
The concept of Brexit was widely regarded as both intriguing and compelling by many.
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Meaning: something is not believable or unlikely to happen
Most of the excuses schoolchildren come up with for not doing their homework are completely implausible.
His implausible excuse for forgetting the client meeting was that his wife suddenly fell ill.
Meaning: evokes emotions, especially those of tenderness, nostalgia, or affection
Every time Emily watched a sentimental story, she couldn’t help but cry.
He couldn’t let go of the sentimental clutter, holding on to each item that brought back precious memories.
Many people get sentimental when they look through old photos.
Meaning: opposite to ‘implausible’: believable, trustworthy, and reliable
People find the documentary ‘Planet Earth’ highly credible for showcasing the natural world.
The architectural models and designs for city rejuvenation provide additional details that make the plans highly credible.
Major rejuvenation of the city provides a credible reason for the government to raise taxes.
Meaning: has left a strong and positive impact
That was really impressive. That left a mark on me.
The professor delivered an impressive lecture on quantum physics.
Wow, that guy is really impressive. He commands the stage with confidence and charisma.
That young man is really impressive. I think they’re going to go a long way.
Meaning: extremely impressive or beautiful
The hotel room had a stunning view of the city skyline.
The Grand Canyon offers a stunning view that takes your breath away.
You can enjoy a stunning view of the snow-covered mountains stretching into the distance.
The sunset over the beach was stunningly beautiful.
The bride wore a stunning wedding dress that everyone admired.
21 advanced vocabulary adjectives
Meaning: it didn’t meet expectations, resulting in a negative experience.
The team’s performance in the football game was disappointing as they struggled to score.
The meal I had last night was disappointing. The food was a little bit overcooked.
The IELTS exam results were disappointing. I expected higher marks.
Meaning: introduces new and creative ideas, approaches, or features
This company is recognised for its innovative technology, particularly in the field of AI.
Developing a step-counting application was very innovative at the time.
Meaning: boring, dull, or monotonous, making it a less enjoyable experience
Data entry can be a tedious task, requiring careful attention to detail.
The book’s storyline was interesting, yet the tedious descriptions made it a slow read.
Meaning: enjoyable, amusing, or engaging, providing a pleasurable experience
A visit to the circus was super entertaining, with amazing acts that kept us smiling and impressed.
A visit to the circus was entertaining for the whole family.
Meaning: leaves a lasting and significant impression
Special events in our lives are memorable because they bring joy and happiness.
During our holiday, we took many memorable photos, capturing the beauty of the places we visited.
Meaning: something lacks believability or fails to persuade
The movie’s plot was unconvincing, as the characters’ actions were hard to buy into.
Both candidates were very unconvincing when asked about the economy or foreign affairs.
The politician’s promises were unconvincing, and many voters questioned the sincerity of his commitment to change.
Meaning: extremely painful or intensely distressing
A visit to the dentist can be very excruciating if you need to have a tooth extracted.
The movie was excruciating. I prefer staying at home and watching the paint dry.
Meaning: emotionally touching or evokes strong feelings
Watching the community come together to help a struggling family was a truly moving experience.
Her moving story of fighting for her rights left a deep impact on everyone who heard it.
Okay, so these are aspects we can discuss when reviewing any activity—be it a book, movie, theatre production, a speech, or arguments, whether political or otherwise.
These advanced vocabulary adjectives can be applied in relation to those topics. Practice using them; you won’t remember all, but try to use some of them. Particularly if you want to prepare for those proficiency exams.
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