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apathetic
indifferent due to lack of energy or concern
ambiguous
doubtful, uncertain from obscurity or indistinctness
ambivalent
simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward an object, person
belligerent
waging war, exhibiting assertiveness, hostility
blithe
of happy, lighthearted character or disposition
candid
free from bias, honest
colloquial
relating to conversation
conciliatory
to make compatible
contentious
likely to cause disputes, arguments
curt
sparing of words, rude shortness
cynical
questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people
condescension/condescending
a feeling of superiority
callous
unfeeling, insensitive feelings of others
choleric
hot-tempered, easily angered
contemptuous
showing or feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect
caustic
intense use of sarcasm, stinging, biting
didactic
author attempts to educate or instruct the reader
disdainful
scornful
derisive
ridiculing, mocking
derogatory
looking down upon, low opinion
desolate
joyless, sorrowful
diabolic
devilish
elegiac
expressing sorrow often for something that has passed
empathetic
involving understanding
eulogistic
high praise, like at funeral
euphoric
a feeling of well-being or elation
evasive
tending or intending to evade
earnest
intense, a sincere state of mind
erudite
learned, polished, scholarly
effusive
excessive emotion or enthusiasm
eccentric
coming from conventional or accepted usage or conduct
esoteric
knowledge only for small group, individual
facetious
inappropriate joking
fervent
very hot, great intensity or feeling
flippant
lacking of proper respect or seriousness
foreboding
to have inward conviction of
fanciful
using the imagination
forthright
directly frank without hesitation
glib
marked by ease and informality
haughty
proud and vain to the point of arrogance
impartial
non partial, biased
incisive
direct or decisive
incredulous
unwilling to accept what is true
insolent
boldness
indignant
marked by anger aroused by injustice
jovial
happy
lyrical
expressing a poet's inner feelings, emotional, full of images, song-like
laudatory
expressive space
lethargic
slow
lugubrious
affectadly mournful
morose
gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent
moralistic
highly moral, conservative
malicious
purposely hurtful
nostalgic
thinking of the past
ominous
foreshadowing evil
objective
an unbiased view, able to leave personal judgments aside
obsequious
polite and obedient in order to gain something
patronizing
air of condescension
pessimistic
seeing the worst side of things, no hope
pensive
dreamily thoughtful
poignant
painfully affecting the feelings
pretentious
high skill, ability
placid
peaceful, free of interruption
pompous
elevated, self-importance
pedantic
narrowly learned
provocative
tending to excite, stimulate
quizzical
odd, eccentric, amusing
ribald
offensive in speech or gesture
reticent
inclined to be silent
sardonic
scornfully and bitterly sarcastic
satiric
ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point, teach
sanguineous
optimistic, cheerful
self-conscious
aware of oneself as an individual, not confident
tumultuous
marked by violent turbulance or upheavel
terse
smoothly elegant
whimsical
odd, strange, fantastic, fun
wistful
full of sad yearning and desire
wry
to pull out of proper shape, make awry
zealous
fervent partianship for a person, cause, ideal