Vocab to express attitude and tone

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Ambivalent

Having conflicting feelings

Approving

Thinking of favorably

Argumentative

Given to argument and dispute

Bantering

Teasingly playful, gently joking

Bitter

hatefully resentful

Brutal

Savage, cruel, harsh

Callous

unsympathetic, insensitive

Colloquial

conversational, as in common or informal speech

Cynical

Doubtful in a sneering way, scornful of the motives, integrity of others

Devotional

Loyally affectionate

Didactic

dryly instructional, moralizing

Elegiac

sad, mournful, plaintive

Plaintive

sad, mournful, elegiac

Eulogy

a speech that praises (especially after death)

Eulogistic:

praising highly; laudatory

Laudatory

praising

Fanciful

imaginative, playful

Flippant

frivolous; slightly disrespectful

Grave

solemn; stern; serious

Indifferent

uncaring; without interest or concern

Mournful

sad, melancholy

negative

the old standby when you don't quite know what to say

nostalgic

expressing a longing for the past

objective

without bias or prejudice

patronizing

condescending (looking down upon someone)

pedantic

narrow often showy concern for book learning and formal rules

positive

the other old standby when the brain fails

regretful

feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, or loss

respectful

showing politeness or deference

deference

courteous respect, courteous yielding to the opinion of another

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