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apathetic
indifferent due to lack of energy or concern
cynical
questions the goodness of humanity
condescending
a feeling of superiority
choleric
easily angered, hot-tempered
callous
insensitive feelings towards others
contemptuous
showing/feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect
caustic
intense use of sarcasm; stinging, biting
disdainful
scornful
didactic
author attempts to educate or instruct the reader
derisive
ridiculing, mocking
earnest
intense, a sincere state of mind
erudite
learned, polished, scholarly
fanciful
using the imagination
forthright
directly frank without hesitation
haughty
proud and vain to the point of arrogance
indignant
marked by anger aroused by injustice
jovial
happy
lyrical
expressing a poet's inner feelings; emotional; full of images; songlike
morose
gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent
malicious
purposely hurtful
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
quizzical
odd, eccentric, amusing
ribald
offensive in speech or gesture
sardonic
scornfully and bitterly sarcastic
satiric
ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point, teach
sanguineous
optimistic, cheerful
whimsical
odd, strange, fantastic, fun
curt
rudely brief, short, terse
terse
short, concise, curt
colloquial
having to do with conversation
glib
fluent, natural, unconstrained
placid
pleasently calm or peaceful
pedantic
focus on learning, details
reticent
reserved, reluctant, not to speak freely
lethargic
slow, sluggish
laudatory
containing/expressing praise
moralistic
concerned with principles of morality
pensive
dreamily thoughtful
poignant
affecting the feelings
elegiac
pertaining to elegy, sad poem
blithe
joyous, merry, glad
pretentious
exaggerated show of dignity, importance
esoteric
understood only by select few
hortatory
urging to some course of action
tumultuous
full of disturbance, riot, uproar
conciliatory
overcoming hostility, making ammends/pleasant feelings
diabolic
having qualities of the devil
ominous
threatening, evil , like an omen
incredulous
skeptical, not believing
facetious
amusing, not serious
ambivalent
mixture of opposite feelings
effusive
pouring out, overflowing
fervent
warmth, intensity of spirit
euphoric
confidence, happiness
empathetic
sensitive, feeling towards others
insolent
boldly rude or disrespectful
desolate
barren, abandoned, lonely
eulogistic
high praise; pertaining to a eulogy
evade
to escape, get around