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ambivalent
characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes
apathetic
Feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
baffled
To frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie
condescending
To deal with people in a patronizingly superior manner
contemptuous
Manifesting or feeling contempt; scornful
cynical
Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others
defiant
boldly resisting
detached
Marked by an absence of emotional involvement and an aloof, impersonal objectivity
didactic
Morally instructive
disdainful
scornful and contemptuous;having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
dismayed
To destroy the courage or resolution of by exciting dread or apprehension
dismissive
Showing indifference or disregard
earnest
Marked by or showing deep sincerity or seriousness
ecstatic
Being in a state of ecstasy; joyful
equivocal
Open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead; ambiguous
exasperated
1.To make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly.
2.To increase the gravity or intensity of
incredulous
Skeptical; disbelieving
indignant
angered at something unjust or wrong
indulgent
: tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; [syn: lax, lenient, soft] 3: being favorably inclined; "an indulgent attitude"
intrigued
To arouse the interest or curiosity of
ironic
Poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended
mocking
To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride
nonchalant
Seeming to be coolly unconcerned or indifferent
nostalgic
A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past
objective
Uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices
optimism
A tendency to expect the best possible outcome
pessimistic
tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view
puzzled
To baffle or confuse mentally by presenting or being a difficult problem or matter.
To clarify or solve (something confusing) by reasoning or study: He puzzled out the significance of the statement.
qualified
Limited, restricted, or modified
a qualified plan for expansion
resigned
To submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable: I resigned myself to a long wait in line
reverential
feeling or manifesting veneration [syn:respectful]
revulsion
1.A sudden strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing.
2.A withdrawing or turning away from something.
sarcastic
sarcastic, ironic, caustic, satirical, sardonic
Sarcastic suggests sharp taunting and ridicule that wounds
Ironic implies a subtler form of mockery in which an intended meaning is conveyed obliquely
Caustic means corrosive and bitingly trenchant
Satirical implies exposure, especially of vice or folly, to ridicule
Sardonic is associated with scorn, derision, mockery, and often cynicism
sentimental
sentimental, bathetic, maudlin, mawkish, mushy, romantic, schmaltzy, slushy, soppy
excessively emotional
skeptical
Marked by or given to doubt; questioning
solemn
Deeply earnest, serious, and sober
unabashed
Not disconcerted or embarrassed; poised
whimsical
Erratic in behavior or degree of unpredictability
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; "a capricious refusal";
wistful
Pensively sad; melancholy