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theoretical, without reference to specifics
abstract
contrary to logic, but sometimes artistically viable
absurd
assuming a false manner or attitude to impress others
affected
having two or more possible meanings
ambiguous
inclined to examine things by studying their contents or parts
analytical
involving short narratives of interesting events
anecdotal
resentful, enraged
angry
in the style of an earlier period
archaic
stern, strict, frugal, unadorned
austere
pointless and uninteresting
banal
elaborate, grotesque, and ornamental
baroque
unusually strange or odd
bizzare
undisturbing, unemotional, and uninteresting
bland
pretentious and pompous
bombastic
quick paced, but sometimes superficial
breezy
immature (when applied to adults or to writing)
childish
having the qualities of a motion picture
cinematic
formal, enduring, and standard, adhering to certain traditional method
classical
characteristic or ordinary and infromal conversation
colloquial
humourous, funny, light (there are many levels of comedy)
comic
using very few words to express a great deal
concise
characterized by personal admission of faults
confessional
expressing contempt or disdain
contemptous
presuasive, believeable, plausible
convincing
very complcated or involved (as in the case of sentences with many qualifiers, phrases, and clauses)
convoluted
having to do with twilight or shadowy areas (as in the darker and more hidden parts of human experience)
crepspecular
a tendency to believe that all human behavoir is selfish and oppurtunistic
cynical
marked by a decay in morals, values, and artistic standards
decadent
sad, gloomy (without any redeeming qualities of true tragedy)
depressing
disinterested, unbiased, emotionally disconnected
detached
moving pointlessly from one subject to another, rambling
discursive
having the characteristics of a dream
dreamlike
realistic, rustic, coarse, unrefined, instinctive, animalize
earth
soft, delicate, unmanly
effeminate
expressing sorrow or lamentation
elegiac
much given to strong feelings
emootional
involving letters
episolary
learned, scholarly
erudite
involving formal praise in speech or writing, usually in honor of someone dead
eulogistic
having the ability to call forth memories or other responses
evocative
stressing the subjective and symbolic in art and literature
expressionistic
amusing, but light, unserious, frivolous
facetious