1. involving the use or exercise of judgment.
2. tending to make moral judgments
1. full of, characterized by, or showing malice; malevolent; spiteful.
2. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.
filled with intense feeling or passion; passionate; ardent.
emotional, vehement, fervent, fiery.
1. nipping; smarting; keen: biting cold; a biting sensation on the tongue.
2. cutting; sarcastic
incisive, trenchant; caustic, mordant, scathing, lacerating.
1. having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent
2. hot; burning; glowing.
fervid, impassioned, passionate.
1. portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious.
2. having the significance of an omen.
portentous, threatening, menacing, fateful
1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally
2. amusing; humorous.
3. lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous
1. perceived by or affecting the senses
2. readily affected through the senses
3. of or pertaining to sensible objects or to the senses
sensual, feeling, sensible, sentient.
1. of the nature of or involving a figure of speech, especially a metaphor; metaphorical and not literal, as in figurative language .
2. metaphorically so called
3. abounding in or fond of figures of speech
ornate, ornamental, flowery, elaborate, florid, grandiloquent
1. being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional
2. marked by form or ceremony
3. observant of conventional requirements of behavior, procedure, etc., as persons; ceremonious
Formal, academic, conventional
conforming, conformist, punctilious, official
1. made hard; hardened.
2. insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic
3. having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to friction.
4. to make or become hard or callous
hard, inured, insensible, obtuse
1. the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group
2. unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
3. any talk or writing that one does not understand.
4. language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.
babble, gabble, twaddle
1. churlishly rude or bad-tempered
2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable
3. dark or dismal; menacing; threatening
4. lordly; arrogant.
sullen, uncivil, brusque, irascible, splenetic, choleric, cross; grumpy, grouchy, crabby, threatening, malevolent, ominous
feeling, exhibiting, or characterized by reverence; deeply respectful
1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
2. the outward manifestation of this feeling
3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
1. to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.
2. to provoke by taunts; twit.
3. an insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.
4. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.
censure, upbraid, flout, insult, jeer, ridicule, scoff, derision, insult, censure, ridicule.
1. not intoxicated or drunk.
2. habitually temperate, especially in the use of liquor.
3. quiet or sedate in demeanor, as persons.
4. marked by seriousness, gravity, solemnity, etc., as of demeanor, speech, etc.
5. subdued in tone, as color; not gay or showy, as clothes
1. produced by a distortion or lopsidedness of the facial features
2. abnormally bent or turned to one side; twisted; crooked
3. devious in course or purpose; misdirected.
4. contrary; perverse.
5. distorted or perverted, as in meaning.
2. awry, askew.
1. not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
2. not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.
3. indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound
1. unfeeling, tactless, insensitive; blind, imperceptive, unobservant; gauche, boorish; slow, dim
1. to confuse, bewilder, or perplex
2. to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment.
3. to check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, fluids, etc.).
4. to equip with a baffle or baffles.
5. to cheat; trick.
6. to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a gale.