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accusatory

Charging of wrongdoing

"You stole the car!"

belligerent

Characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

"The people were eager to fight any who disturbed them."

bitter

proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity

"Her acidic comments emotionally scarred Anne."

disappointed

disappointingly unsuccessful

"I wish you could have done better."

disgusted

A sick feeling of strong dislike

"I have lost my appetite after seeing the man clipping his toe nails in the restaurant."

furious

Marked by extreme anger

"I can not believe that you poisoned the treasured and historic tree of hundreds of years!"

grouchy

Irritable and bad-tempered, grumpy, complaining.

"I'm not gonna waste my time. Why don't you just scram?" - Oscar the Grouch.

incredulous

Disbelieving

"I can't believe that you really did that to me!"

indignant

Angered at something unjust or wrong.

"You absolutely should not have stolen that woman's bread roll from her plate at the restaurant!"

inflammatory

Causing excitement or anger; leading to violence or disorder.

"The citizens felt so outraged by the injustices that they marched through the capitol city."

insulting

Expressing offensive reproach.

"That outfit looks terrible on you."

irritated

Aroused to impatience or anger.

"The screaming in the hallways and the random construction work in the courtyard drives me up the wall while writing for our timed writings."

outraged

Angered at something unjust or wrong.

"The citizens were outraged when they witnessed the injustice of a racial incidence."

petulant

Easily irritated or annoyed.

"When she didn't get enough sleep, Edna reacted much more verbally and angrily to the random irritations throughout the day."

querulous

Habitually complaining.

"Every day Barbara would sigh and make irritated gestures towards the speakers about the B lunch bells interrupting band class."

savage

Attack brutally and fiercely.

"To the British during the American Revolution, the guerrilla warfare appeared unrestrained and animalistic."

sullen

Showing a brooding ill humor.

"Dan's dark scowl was unwelcoming to all that attempted to greet him."

threatening

Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.

"The increasingly dangerous weather showed serious signs of the necessity of reaching safety."

wrathful

Enraged; punishing.

"The man couldn't hold back the revenge he felt it necessary to act upon."

Mock-heroic

Ridiculing or burlesquing heroic style, character, or action.

Ex. Obama is clearly the savior our nation. He has nearly quadrupled our national debt.

Mocking

Make something seem laughably unreal or impossible.

Ex. The Fayette County Board of Education's decision to ban PG-13 movies in classrooms will undoubtedly bring about a mass improvement in the instruction of literature in high schools.

Mock-serious

A pretended look or serious act.

Ex. I was absolutely horrified to learn that Charlie Sheen had gotten fired, i felt as if the world was coming to an end.

Patronizing

Treat with an apparent kindness that betrays a feeling of superiority.

Ex. Her attempts to aid the homeless were largely in vain, but she is a kind-hearted girl.

Pompous

Affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important.

Ex. The author of that article is arrogant and believes he knows everything about the stock market.

quizzical

mildly teasing or mocking

Ex. The State has recently passed a law that will surely revolutionize society, I feel safer already knowing that it is illegal to fish while riding a giraffe.

Ribald

Vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.

Ex. The film was atrocious, because of the painfully predictable plot and the horrendous acting.

Ridiculing

The subject of someone or something to mockery and derision.

Ex. Rebecca Black's video for her song Friday was a joke, it seems it takes more than $2000 from mom to be a pop star.

Sad

Experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness.

Ex. I sat in my room, alone and subdued quietly weeping about the death of my frog.

Sarcastic

Marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt.

Ex. "Thank you for showing me the picture of that horribly mutilated arm, my life is now complete."

Furious

Full of or characterized by extreme anger; raging.
"This is unacceptable!!"

Harsh

Severe, cruel, or exacting.
"Are you capable of doing anything right?"

Haughty

Having or showing arrogance.
"I am the only one here with any decency."

Hateful

Full of or showing hate.
"Of all people, I dislike you the most."

Hurtful

Causing distress or injury.
"Why dont you just jump off of a bridge?"

Indignant

Angered at something unjust or wrong.
"There is no way that I was speeding!"

Inflammatory

Arousing passion or strong emotion, especially anger, belligerence, or desire.
"My own son has betrayed me!"

Insulting

To give offense; offend.
"Go make me a sandwich"

Irritated

To rouse to impatience or anger; annoy.
"Could you please just go away?"

Manipulative

Skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage.
"You are getting very sleepy. Now give me your wallet."

Obnoxious

Extremely unpleasant.
"What is that loud, annoying sound? I wish it would stop."

Outraged

Angered at something unjust or wrong.
"Well this is just ridiculous!"

Passive

Accepting or submitting without objection or resistance.
"Honestly it makes no difference to me."

Consoling

Providing comfort or solace.
Ex. "It's all going to be okay," she said while giving him a hug.

Content

Satisfied with what one is or has
Ex. She sat in her back porch with her coffee on the cool spring morning, enjoying the small pleasures of her warm drink and the rising sun.

Dreamy

Not fully alert; as in a different world
Ex. "Friends!" he said softly; "friends! Yes, I had friends before I came-- before I came!"

Ecstatic

Feeling great rapture or delight
Ex. Lennie broke in. ""But not us! An' why? Because... because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why." He laughed delightedly. "Go on now, George!"..."Tell about how it's gonna be."

Elated

exultantly proud and joyful
Ex. When the winning raffle ticket number was announced, Rachel jumped up and beamed, yelling out, "I won!"

Elevated

cheerful, high spirited
Ex. Whistling, Jim shut the apartment door and walked jauntily towards the elevator.

Encouraging

inspire confidence in, give hope to
Ex. "You're doing a great job. You have shown definite improvement, keep up the good work!"

Energetic

excitable, rushing
Ex. They blew busily through store after store after store on Black Friday, whisking out one door so they could hop into a taxi and swoop into the next.

Enthusiastic

having or showing great delight or interest
Ex. "That new TV show is awesome! The actors are all top notch, the writing is brilliant, and the effects are so cool. You should definitely watch it!"

Excited

the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
Ex. "I can't wait for Disney World," Anne said happily, smiling and jumping up and down.

Exuberant

excessive and unrestrained joy
Ex. .The band members bounded down the hall after their first concert, laughing loudly and chattering giddily with the thrill of their huge success.

Fanciful

imaginative or imagined; appealing to whimsy
Ex. Ashleigh sat in class, daydreaming about her secret wish to be a mermaid.

Admonitory

serving to warn

Ex: Don't climb too high on that tree!

Allusive

having reference to something implied or inferred

Ex: Well it didn't go as planned in my last marraige.

Apathetic

having or showing little or no feeling or emotion

Ex: Over one thousands soldiers died in the battle.

Authoritative

having or proceeding from authority

Ex: this book is an official guide to the city's restaurants.

Baffled

defeated though puzzlement

Ex: How was it possible to use so many complex words in her paper?

Callous

being hardened and thickened

Ex: The boy was tough due to his loveless upbringing.

Candid

free from bias, prejudice, or malice

Ex: The man was honest on his opinion of the matter.

Ceremonial

stressing careful attention to form and detail

Ex: His new position is largely formal because all the decisions are actually made by a committee.

Clinical

based on or characterized by observable and diagnosable symptoms

Ex: Your coughing and wheezing are signs of a cold.

Consoling

comforting from grief of loss

Ex: Don't worry about a thing. Cause every little thing is going to be alright!

Contemplative

reflective devotion

Ex: She sat in meditation as she remembered the scene

Conventional

formed by agreement or compact

Ex: Everyone says that microwaves heat up food the quickest!

Detached

separate, unconnected

Ex: I stood on the outside of the party looking in.

Didactic

designed or intended to teach

Ex: The war in Vietnam can set an example for war times in future generations.

Disbelieving

not believable

Ex: The witness came up with a ridiculous testimony that no one on the jury could accept

Sardonic

(adj.) Implies a cynical derision expressed either verbally or facially; mocking

Ex: According to Thomas Thompion, " When Lord Holland was dying he knew that ... George Selwyn... was likely to call on him. He said to his servant: if Mr Selwyn calls, show him up. If I'm alive, I'll be pleased to see him; if I'm dead, he'll be pleased to see me."

Satiric

(adj.) Vice, incapacity, human folly, or corruption is held up to ridicule via the use of irony, sarcasm, and hyperbolic imitation.

ex: "A Modest Proposal", by Jonathan Swift

Scornful

(adj.) Expressing offensive reproach; derisive; contemptuous.

ex: "I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty. "
--comment made to (none other than) Rebecca Black by a cyber-bully

Sharp

(adj.) Harsh

ex: He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash."
--H.L. Mencken on Harding's English

Silly

(adj.) Lacking seriousness or good-sense; given to frivolity; nonsensical.

ex: Charlie Sheen's recent interviews.

Taunting

(verb) To provoke, ridicule, or tease somebody in a hurtful or mocking way; reproaching in disdainful or sarcastic manner
(adj.) Jeering; mocking, disparaging
(gerund/ noun) An insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.

ex: "U-G-L-Y, you a'int got no alibi, you ugly!"

Teasing

(verb) To harass someone playfully or maliciously, especially by ridicule
(adj.) Causing irritation or annoyance
(gerund/ noun) Playful vexation

ex: Her: "Why don't guys want to marry me?"
You: "Its called Stair master"
(When said by smiling friends, comments that are potentially hurtful oftentimes become more amiable.)

Whimsical

(adj.) Lightly acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable, playful; subject to odd ideas, notions, or fancies

ex: "Toilet paper: highly useful, yet inappropriate as a gift."
Marc Johns

Wry

(adj.) Bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing; humorously sarcastic or mocking

ex: " Women are like elephants. They are interesting to look at, but I wouldn't want to own one".
W.C. Fields
(Correct me if I'm wrong, but more often than not, wry remarks do more harm than good because the audience is never as amused as you wish it to be, if at all.)

Droll

amusing in a quaint or odd manner; whimsically humorous
Ex: " ...So I remembered what my mother told me, "Whenever you feel afraid just whistle a happy tune" ... [whistling] ... then I felt a hand around my throat and a voice said, "Thanks. I thought I'd never find you in the dark."

Facetious

not meant to be taken seriously or literally
Ex: Facetious = sarcasm. Im assuming you know what sarcasm is.

Flippant

frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness
Ex: Haha smooth move

Giddy

frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty
Ex: I am so excited for new shoes! I shall go shopping this instant!

Humorous

characterized by humor; funny; comical
Ex: The firing squad leader offers a cigarette to the man about to be executed. "No thanks I'm trying to quit was his reply."

Insolent

boldly rude or disrespecful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting
Ex: "You have no idea what you are talking about, you are an idiot, and this class is terrible!" yelled the young boy to his Spanish teacher as he stormed out of class.

Ironic

containing or exemplifying irony; coincidental; unexpected
Ex: "Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man."

Irreverent

deficient in veneration or respect
Ex: Believe all you want, but in the end there will be no God for you.

Joking

to speak or act in a playful or merry way
Ex: Stacy lightly punched Jack in the shoulder as he mocked her for slipping in the mud puddle for the third time that day.

Malicious

having or showing a desire to cause harm to someone; malevolent; spiteful
Ex:"She makes me so angry, that I want to push her down the stairs!"

Amiable

friendly; agreeable; good-natured

Ex: The teacher's smile and soft words put the class at ease and reassured them of her amiable nature.

Amused

pleasurably entertained, occupied, or diverted

Ex: After a long day of work, being amused by an SNL skit is the perfect way to wind down.

Cheery

bright and pleasant

Ex: Whistling as he walked, it was clear to passing pedestrians that the man was in a cheery mood.

Contented

satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are

Ex: Looking back on her life, the retired doctor was very content with the accomplishments she had made during her career.

Ecstatic

joyous; extremely happy

Ex: The two sisters were ecstatic when their father told them they were going to Disney World that sumer.

Elated

in high spirits, jubilant; extremely pleased

Ex: James' elation over his 100 on the test was quickly interrupted by the teacher assigning that night's homework.

Enthusiastic

having or showing great excitement and interest

Ex: When a new video game comes out, some people express their enthusiasm by sleeping in tents outside of the stores days before the premier of the game.

Exuberant

full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy

Ex: Having won the lottery, the humble farmer leapt into the air with exuberance.

Hopeful

feeling certain that a desired outcome will happen

Ex: After nine months, all expectant mothers are hopeful that their babies will come out healthy and normal.

Jovial

full of or showing high-spirited merriment

Ex: Due to his raise, the employee was smiling and jovial the rest of the day, going out of his way to make other people happy as well.

Joyful

full of high-spirited delight

Ex: The doctor's joyful news that the surgery had gone well relieved the worried relatives and friends in the waiting room.

Jubilant

joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success

Ex: As the final whiste blew, the winning team dashed onto the field and a sense of jubilance swept over all of the players as they jumped around and cheered.

Lighthearted

to be carefree and cheerful

Ex: Sometimes a lighthearted attitude can get you in trouble in school, particularly in high-level classes.

Optimistic

expecting the best outcome

Ex: At the end of every semester students are always optimistic about their final grades.

Positive

marked by confidence

Ex: Turning in his paper, the student was positive that he had made an A on the easy quiz.

Sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

Ex: Upon waking up after a full night's rest, the man had a sanguine feeling about how the rest of his day would turn out.

amiable

How nice to finally meet you!

amused

I found that passage quite entertaining.

cheery

I'm hoping that our relationship can transform into that of more than just friends.

contented

Retirement is going far better than I could've imagined.

ecstatic

Oh my god! The hottest boy in school asked me to prom!

elated

I stood on the stage as my teacher announced me as the official winner of the fifth grade spelling bee.

enthusiastic

Lets go Cheifs!

exuberant

The crowd cheered in approval of the returning champions.

hopeful

If my essay is outstanding enough to win a scholarship, I will certainly be able to pay for college.

jovial

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

joyful

It is such a beautiful day out.

jubilant

The symphony danced swiftly, high to low and back again, leaving the audience speechless.

lighthearted

The father laughed kindly at his son's innocence.

optimistic

At least you did'nt spill the entire ice cream sundae on your shirt.

positive

Your application has been accepted.

sanguine

This bouquet of flowers will surely win her heart.

Amused

Example: After the man offered it a fish, the overexcited seal hit its head on the wall, but surprisingly showed no signs of pain., Definition: pleasurably entertained, occupied, or diverted

Bantering

Example: He is not a bad guy; he only steals from old people.
Definition: cleverly amusing in tone

Bitter

Example: "You think I like you? You took my wallet, killed my pets, and ran over my bike! I hate you!"
Definition: cold and harsh in tone

Caustic

Example: Why do you even try? You clearly have no talent for anything. Your intelligence amounts to that of a squirrel, and physically you are as fragile as glass. Quit wasting your time. You will always be a failure.
Definition: harsh or corrosive in tone

Comical

Example: I stared for hours at that thing on my plate, with little success in identifying it. Starvation doesn't seem so bad after all.
Definition: arousing or provoking laughter, witty.

Condescending

Example: Let me put it in terms that even you can understand. You can't beat me. I'm out of your league, kid.
Definition: possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing

Contemptuous

Example: The concert hall sickened me. I was surrounded by short, obnoxious kids that obviously hadn't bathed in years. What has this world come to?
Definition: scornful in voice or tone

Critical

Example: His skills were rough and unpolished, showing little coordination and smoothness. Perhaps, another year in the minor leagues will teach him something.
Definition: marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws

Cynical

Example: Watching that movie is like trapping oneself in an asylum with no air holes. It slowly kills its victims with its long scenes, lifeless atmosphere, and colorless plots.
Definition: bitterly mocking, rude, or skeptical in tone

Disdainful

Example: Ha! I will never befriend this foreign scum. Who do you think I am?
Definition: having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

Belittling

To regard or portray as less impressive or important that appearances indicate; depreciate, disparage.

Ex: The student, in a very arrogant tone, replied, "I sorry, sir, but at this school, we are taught never to end a sentence with a preposition!"

Caustic

Harsh or corrosive in tone.

Ex: The mother snatched the phone away from her daughter and scolded her to go to her room.

Comical

Producing laughter; amusing, funny.

Ex: Children in back seats cause accidents. Accidents in back seats cause children.

Cynical

Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others.

Ex: There is no way that the referee will let us win this game.

Facetious

1. Not meant to be taken seriously or literally.
2. Amusing; humorous.
3. Lacking serious intent.

Ex: While laughing, she looked at Joe and described his bright and gaudy tie by saying that it was "classy."

Flippant

1. Marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand.
2. Impertinent; saucy.

Ex: Michael's jokes were usualy funny, but that day his harsh words were rude and disrespectful.

Haughty

Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as.

Ex: The smirk on his face showed that he believed that he was supierior to all of the others because of his family's wealth.

Insulting

To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness.

Ex: Some cause happiness wherever they go; you cause happiness whenever you go.

Ironic

Humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor."

Ex: Even though the tears showed that she was against war, the smile showed that she was so happy to marry her soldier.

Irreverent

Lacking or exhibiting a lack of reverence; disrespectful.

Ex: She glared at her mother and said, "Whatever."

Malicious

Having or showing a desire to cause harm to someone.

Ex: With an evil look in his eye, he stoll her glasses so she could not see where she was going.

Mock-heroic

A satirical imitation or burlesque of the heroic manner or style.

Ex: The ordinary girl smiled with joy and was pleased as she was treated like royalty at the spa.

Mocking

1. To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride.
2. a. To mimic, as in sport or derision.
b. To imitate; counterfeit.
3. To frustrate the hopes of; disappoint.

Ex: The man became frustrated as the parrot imitated him and laughed hysterically.

Obsequious

Characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning.

Ex: Obediently, his hand drew near his forehead to salute his officer.

Ribald

Vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.

Ex: The trucker threw around the vulgar language without a care in the world.

Ridiculing

Words or actions intended to evoke contemptuous laughter at or feelings toward a person or thing.

Ex: He was worried that the other boys would make fun of him if he told them his secret, so his lips stayed sealed.

Sarcastic

A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.

Ex: "I feel so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here."
- Stephen Bishop

Scornful

Contempt or disdain felt toward a person or object considered despicable or unworthy.

Ex: The older brother looked at is younger and inexperienced brother with disppointment as he scorned him for his wrong doings.

Taunting

To reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner; teasing.

Ex: To hurt her feelings, Joe teased Emily about her weight.

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